Why is PE important?

Physical education is the foundation of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program.1, 2 It is an academic subject characterized by a planned, sequential K–12 curriculum (course of study) that is based on the national standards for physical education.2–4 Physical education provides cognitive content and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors for physical activity and physical fitness.2–4 Supporting schools to establish physical education daily can provide students with the ability and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.2–4

There are many benefits of physical education in schools. When students get physical education, they can5-7:

  • Increase their level of physical activity.
  • Improve their grades and standardized test scores.
  • Stay on-task in the classroom.

Increased time spent in physical education does not negatively affect students’ academic achievement.