SURVEY: Colorado ranks low in requiring physical education classes

Surveys have shown that Colorado has not compared well to other states in requiring physical education classes, I-News analysis of data found:

  • Colorado does not rank well in requiring recess and physical education classes in public schools. The 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state indicator report on physical activity found that Colorado was one of 14 states that did not require that physical education be taught in elementary, middle and high school.
  • It was also one of 31 states that did not require or recommend that elementary schools provide school recess.
  • Less than 25 percent of students ages 5 to 14 years of age took a physical education class five days a week in Colorado, according to the 2010 and 2011 Colorado Childhood surveys. The 2011 survey found 24 percent of the students had physical education every school day, while the 2010 found 20 percent.
  • A higher percentage of students took physical education classes twice or less a week. In 2011, it was 34 percent, and in 2010 it was 48 percent.

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