Many students in North Carolina do not get the physical education (PE) they need. With an ever-growing number of priorities competing for time during the school day, too many of our children have lost what was once a given: access to quality PE.
PE addresses the needs of the whole student and has a positive impact on their physical, emotional, and mental health. PE reduces stress and increases self-esteem, keeping students’ minds and bodies healthy. When students have PE, they do better in school and have a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases.
By teaching students about the important of physical activity when they are young, we can ensure they pick up healthy habits that will last them a lifetime.
North Carolina is in the process of creating its accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA emphasizes a well-rounded education, prioritizing physical and mental health. By ensuring PE is included in the accountability plan and on the NC School Report Card, we can help make sure parents know how much PE their students receive at school.