A new policy was set in place in 2009, adopted by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) after audits revealed that the district was not enforcing physical education (PE) minute requirements. This study evaluated whether this policy has had an effect on student PE.
An income-stratified random sample of 34 schools from LAUSD was assessed including elementary, middle, and high school levels. To assess changes in PE quantity and quality, class duration was a measure of PE quantity, and class size and moderate to vigorous physical activity were indicators of PE quality. The first round of assessment took place during the fall/winter of 2010–2011 (the first school year after the policy was set in place). The same schools were then re-evaluated in the fall/winter of 2011–2012.
- Results suggest that only partial implementation of the PE policy has taken effect throughout the district, despite the requirement where schools should have executed the policy no later than the fall of 2011.
Though modest improvement of PE was noted in some schools, further work is required to prioritize PE and ensure that physical fitness and physical activity among the youth population of LAUSD.
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