NCLB Effect on Physical Education and Recess.

In the five years since a federal law (No Child Left Behind) mandated an expansion of reading and math tests, 44 percent of school districts nationwide have made deep cutbacks in social studies, science, art and music lessons, physical education, recess in elementary grades and have even slashed lunchtime, a new survey has found.

The Center on Education Policy
found that 36 percent of school districts surveyed cut elementary class time for social studies in the past five years, 28 percent reduced time for science, 20 percent for lunch, 16 percent for art and music, 9 percent for physical education and 5 percent for recess.