Physical Education and Physical Activity

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Shana Classen, M.Ed., School Counseling

Director of Health & Physical Education

Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Schools can create an environment that offers many opportunities for students to be physically active throughout the school day. A comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP) is the national framework for physical education and youth physical activity. A CSPAP reflects strong coordination across five components: physical education, physical activity during school, physical activity before and after school, staff involvement, and family and community engagement. Physical education serves as the foundation of a CSPAP and is an academic subject characterized by a planned, sequential K-12 curriculum that is aligned with the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Physical Education. In accordance with Maria's Law, mental health objectives were added to Standard 5 in the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Physical Education in 2022.

Physical education provides cognitive content and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors for healthy active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy, and emotional intelligence. A well-designed physical education program provides the opportunity for students to learn key concepts and practice critical skills needed to establish and maintain physically active lifestyles throughout childhood, adolescence and into adulthood.

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Last updated on June 24, 2022