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With provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, attention to physical education (PE) programs in school will be crucial for developing well-rounded students. We assessed the availability of resources that have the potential to impact PE (staffing, continuing education, annual PE equipment budgets) in a nationally-representative sample of 640 U.S. public elementary schools. Higher student-to-PE teacher ratios were associated with students not receiving adequate instruction. Equipment budgets were minimal (median = $500) and 30% of schools had no budget at all. Additional financial support from federal and state education agencies would help schools to better meet recommendations for PE.

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This document was originally published in Teaching and Teacher Education by Elsevier. This work is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. Details regarding the use of this work can be found at: doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.09.007

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