Physical Education | Athletics

New York State Education Department Guidelines, Laws, Memos Related to Physical Education


American Academy of Pediatrics:Physical Fitness and Activity in Schools 

CDC Resources 

Health and Academics Data and Statistics
This page provides data about the association between youth risk behaviors and students’ academic achievement. These data are collected through the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), administered by CDC’s vision of Adolescent and School Health 

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Physical Education, and Academic Performance
Provides a literature review which examines the association between school-based physical activity,  including physical education, and academic performance, including indicators of cognitive skills and attitudes, academic behaviors, and academic achievement. July 2010 

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity - CDC - September 16, 2011 -Developed in collaboration with nutrition and physical activity experts across the nation, the Guidelines identify the most effective policies and practices schools can implement to help young people adopt and maintain healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle.

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool

Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit

Fitness assessment and reporting program for youth, developed in 1982 by The Cooper Institute which includes physical fitness tests that assess aerobic capacity; muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility; and body composition. Scores from these assessments are compared to Healthy Fitness Zone® standards to determine students' overall physical fitness and suggest areas for improvement. 

Physical Activity and Health Fact Sheet

NYS Resources

Healthy Schools NY
Network of 18 local agencies providing technical assistance and resources to schools and school districts in New York to develop, implement and support adherence to comprehensive school health policies for physical activity, nutrition and tobacco prevention. 

The Mind and Body
a statewide media campaign developed by the New York State Department of Health, Healthy Schools NY and Better World Advertising. The goal of the initiative is to improve physical education programs in New York K-6 schools and to engage school administrators in the development and implementation of physical education plans that comply with state regulations mandating 120 minutes of PE per week.

NYSCSH Athletics
Links to complete listing of NYS guidelines and laws relating to athletic participation in schools. Includes sub-page for NYSPHSAA, and includes information on Inclusive Athletic Activites 

New York State Physical Education Learning Standards

Professional Organizations

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
Promotes and support leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles. They offer professional development, resources and grant opportunities. 

National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
s a non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for best practices in quality PE and sport. NASPE is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Members include:K-12 physical education teachers,coaches,athletic directors,athletic trainers,sport management professionals, researchers, and college/university faculty who prepare physical activity professionals. 

New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD)
NYS chapter which facilitates, advocates and promotes physically active and healthy lifestyles through school and community programs in health education, physical education, recreation and dance. 

Society of Health And Physical Educators (SHAPE)

National Standards for K-12 physical education

Page Updated 12/27/21