Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Health and Physical Education Standards and Courses

State law mandates that students in elementary school get forty minutes of physical education instruction each week (with an additional 90 minutes of physical activity such as recess each week).  While the physical education standards should be covered in a PE class, the health-related standards may be incorporated into other subject areas as appropriate in elementary school. However, the health course codes must still be included in the master schedule for each grade level. 
Students in a middle school setting must have the annual equivalent of forty minutes of physical education each week.  They must also take a health class each school year.  It is possible to cover the health standards and the PE standards in a single course, but both course codes must be included in the master schedule.  This is often accomplished by coding PE for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and coding Health for Tuesday and Thursday.
High school students are required to earn a half credit of health and a half credit of physical education in order to graduate.  The health standards are contained in the Health and Wellness Grades 9-12 document.  The physical education requirement can be met with Personal Fitness for Life (0.5 credits) or Physical Education and Leisure (1 credit).  Recreational Sports and Activities (0.5 credits) can be used as a follow-up to either course, but state law allows no more than one full credit of physical education to count toward state graduation requirements.

2011 Standards (Valid through June 30, 2020)

  • Physical Education and Health Grades K-8 (PDF/DOC)
  • Health and Wellness Grades 9-12 (PDF/DOC)
  • Physical Education and Leisure Grades 9-12 (PDF/DOC)
  • Personal Fitness for Life Grades 9-12 (PDF/DOC)
  • Recreational Sports and Activities Grades 9-12 (PDF/DOC)

2019 Standards

Recommendations from the Arkansas Act 1298 of 2013 Task Force for the Prevention Through Education of Child Sexual Abuse

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Mundy
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 305-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501)683-3604

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