Schools are far from meeting PE targets in Washington, D.C.

December 3, 2018

The district’s schools continue to fall well short of meeting physical education and activity requirements set forth by the city, according to a new report. In the 2017-18 academic year, schools reported that younger students received, on average, 91 of the required 150 minutes of physical education per week.

D.C. schools continue to fall well short of meeting physical education and activity requirements set forth by the city, according to a report from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

The D.C. Healthy Schools Act of 2010 mandates that students in kindergarten through fifth grade receive 150 minutes of physical education per week, while students in sixth through eighth grades receive 225 minutes. At least 50 percent of that class time must include physical activity.

However, the District’s traditional public and public charter schools have not come close to meeting those requirements since the act was instituted. In the 2017-2018 academic year, schools reported that younger students received, on average, 91 of the required 150 minutes of physical education. Students in grades six through eight received 137 of the mandated 225 minutes, according to the 2018 Healthy Schools Act Report.