April 4, 2014
CHICAGO – Today, CPS released The Movement Movement, a roadmap for the future of Physical Education (PE) in the District. This report was created in collaboration with the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and further establishes Chicago as a national leader in prioritizing Physical Education.
The Movement Movement (formerly known as Minds in Motion) was compiled throughout 2013 and contains input from over 500 stakeholders, including teachers, parents, students, administrators, community partners and academics. The report will serve as a guide for schools to provide providing students with access to high quality physical education and other opportunities for physical activity throughout the day.
“The health of our students is among my top priorities, which is why we are taking strides to ensure that all of our students are physically literate and healthy individuals who are primed to succeed in the classroom and in life,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “The Movement Movement demonstrates our commitment to student health and sets the stage for Chicago to act as a leader in prioritizing the kind of quality physical education that is essential for learning and growth both inside and outside of the classroom.”
This report was the foundation for a new District-wide PE Policy that was approved by the Board of Education in January 2014. This policy requires that Physical Education be administered daily to students in grades K-12, and guarantees high-quality instruction by expanding professional development opportunities for PE teachers.
Research has shown that high-quality physical education can have a profound impact on both student health and academic achievement. Benefits include:
- Improved Brain Function: Physically active students score higher in reading comprehension with just 20 minutes of physical activity per day.
- Improved Test Scores: Active students score higher on standardized tests.
- Improved Behavior: Suspensions and disciplinary action decrease by 50-60 percent when PE is offered five days a week.
- Improved Health: Regular physical activity leads to lower incidence of disease and improved mental health.
CPS’ new PE Policy expands access to physical education across the city and raises standards for both accountability and the quality of instruction. By tripling the amount of time elementary school students spend exercising a week and eliminating the PE waiver for 11th and 12th grades, the District hopes to influence healthy, hopefully life-long habits that will set children up to succeed and lead active lives.
In order to support schools in expanding PE next year, CPS is leveraging $21.5 million in TIF surplus funds over 2 years to hire teachers who can assist with the implementation of daily PE. The funds will help level the playing field for each and every child, ensuring that students in every area of the city have access to a well-rounded education. CPS’ TIF surplus will partially fund positions for 168 full time teachers: 84 art teachers and 84 PE teachers next school year.
The Movement Movement will guide school administrators in their implementation of this policy, helping them maximize Physical Education and activity for all students. Additionally, the report will provide schools with a broader platform to help both educators and parents create environments that support student health and wellness.
To access the full report, visit: http://www.learnwellcps.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/CPS_MovementMovement.pdf
Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students in 658 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.