Fizika Group applauds “Every Student Succeeds Act” – signed into law by President Obama in December 2015. The bi-partisan legislation took more than a decade to emerge from Congress. The new law elevates the role of school health and physical education as part of a student’s “well-rounded” education. Other subjects noted in the definition of well-rounded education include art, civics, history and geography. The term well-rounded education replaces the term “core subjects” that was used in previous Elementary and Secondary Education Act proposals.
The new law delivers a much-needed fix to the outdated policies of No Child left Behind by rejecting the overuse of standardized tests and one-size-fits all mandates, and instead, empowering states and school districts to develop their own strategies for improvement.
“We applaud the U.S. Congress for recognizing the importance of school health and physical education as key components of a well-rounded education,” says SHAPE America Chief Executive Officer E. Paul Roetert, Ph.D. “Health and physical educators are uniquely qualified to ensure that all of America’s students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity for a lifetime.”
Fizika Group was founded in 2009 to help make health and physical education relevant and prevalent. Research has shown that active students make better learners. “We applaud this new law and look forward to working with school districts across the country to make quality health and physical education available to every student,” said Ginny Ward, Managing Director of Fizika Group. “Students who move while learning are more attentive, focused on task and perform better academically.”