Physical Education Class Size

The School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) 2006 is the largest, most comprehensive assessment of school health programs in the United States ever conducted. SHPPS also was conducted in 2000 and 1994 and is planned again for 2012.

Tuesday's Topic-Recess
Wednesday's Topic- Nutrition in Schools
Thursday's Topic- Class Size PE
Friday's Topic-Physical Education

CLASS SIZE IN Physical Education

*69.3% of elementary schools, 83.9% of middle schools, and 95.2% of high schools required physical education. •

*Among the 78.3% of schools that required physical education, 36.0% had a maximum allowable student-to-teacher ratio for required physical education. The median maximum allowable ratio among these schools was 29.6 students per teacher.

* The percentage of states that prohibited schools from using physical activity to punish students for bad behavior in physical education increased from 2.1% in 2000 to 16.0% in 2006, and the percentage of states that actively discouraged schools from this practice also increased, from 25.5% in 2000 to 56.0% in 2006.