Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Physical Education and Health

State law mandates that students in elementary school get forty minutes of physical education instruction each week (with an additional 90 minutes of physical activity such as recess each week).  Students in a middle school setting must have the annual equivalent of forty minutes of physical education each week.  The Physical Education and Health Grades K-8 standards stipulate what should be covered in each grade level.  While the physical education standards should be covered in a PE class, the health-related standards may be incorporated into other subject areas as appropriate.  High school students are required to earn a half credit of health and a half credit of physical education in order to graduate.  The health standards are contained in the Health and Wellness Grades 9-12 document.  The physical education requirement can be met with Personal Fitness for Life (0.5 credits) or Physical Education and Leisure (1 credit).  Recreational Sports and Activities (0.5 credits) can be used as a follow-up to either course, but state law only allows one full credit of physical education to count toward state graduation requirements.

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For more information, please contact:

David Nance, Physical Education and Health Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-4905
Email: david.nance@arkansas.gov

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