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Oregon Schools Get More Time To Meet PE Requirements, Still Face Hurdles


The Santiam High School gymnasium is pictured in this undated file photo

The Santiam High School gymnasium is pictured in this undated file photo

Justin Much/Stayton Mail

The majority of Oregon schools failed to meet increased physical education standards this year.

Schools were given 10 years, beginning in 2007, to reach at least 150 minutes of physical education per week for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and 225 minutes per week for grades 6-8.

But at a five-year check in 2012, the Oregon Department of Education found schools were way behind schedule. More than 90 percent of school districts were still significantly below those benchmarks in 2015-16.

The Salem-Keizer School District was among the few districts on track for compliance, coming up one half-hour short for elementary students. Middle schoolers are not all required to take P.E., but those in Salem-Keizer who do are already reaching the 225-minute standard, according to district officials.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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