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Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education teaches our students that good health and safety principles can lead to a lifetime of healthy practices, resulting in more productive, active, and successful lives.

Learning Standards
The Health and Physical Education Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) describe what students should know and be able to do. They establish the concepts and skills necessary for safe and healthy living, and in turn, for successful learning.

Support for Standards Implementation

The OSPI-developed assessments are the state assessment models designed to help schools and districts determine whether students have met the health and physical education learning standards.

Requirements for CPR/AED Instruction in High Schools
New legislation creates initiatives in high schools "to save lives in the event of cardiac arrest." Every school district that operates a high school must offer instruction in CPR to students. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, instruction in CPR must be included in at least one health class necessary for graduation.

Resources to Support Quality Instruction
Health and Physical Education Connections to the Common Core State Standards
Videos, sample lessons, and assessment tutorials designed to assist schools and districts to enhance a comprehensive health and physical education program.

Laws and Regulations/Graduation Requirements
The WACs and RCWs that outline Health and Physical Education requirements in our state.

School Health Profiles
The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a survey conducted in Washington State every two years by OSPI and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The survey is coordinated by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Adolescent School Health (DASH).

Recommendations for Waivers in High School Physical Education
This document outlines sample procedures for high school physical education waivers in accordance with state laws and regulations.

Healthy Schools, Successful Students
Coordinated School Health seeks to ensure healthy schools and healthy, successful students by coordinating effective policies and programs, and encouraging school, community and family involvement through shared information and communication.


Safe Routes to School Programs
Safe Routes to School programs enable community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to school.

Let's MoveLet’s Move
America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids -- Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

What's New

Health and Physical Education Standards (Adopted in 2016)

Health and Physical Education K–12 Learning Standards Revision Process

Be recognized for what you do!
OSPI and the WSASCD are co-sponsoring the 2016 Whole Child Awards. Applications open on January 4th. Apply or nominate a colleague!

Updated information on the requirement for 100 minutes of Physical Education Minutes in 1st – 8th grade. Bulletin BO63-15

Webinar on Using OSPI-Developed Assessments


   Updated 4/28/2016

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