Public input sought for physical education, health standards

Iowa Department of Education News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 28, 2018 CONTACT: Staci Hupp, 515-281-5651 or

 Public input sought for physical education, health standards

DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise announced today he is seeking the public’s input on proposed physical education and health standards. The standards, selected by the Physical Education and Health Standards Review Team, would be recommended to schools, but not required. Feedback on the standards will come through a survey and public forums. The public forums will be Dec. 4 and Dec. 6 (details are below). The survey will be open until Dec. 20. Input from the survey and public forums will be incorporated into the team’s final recommendations for standards. “Our goal is to put in place standards that provide teachers with a framework to strengthen instruction from kindergarten through 12th grade and to help students build the knowledge and skills to be healthy and active for life,” said Brian Rhoads, co-chair of the statewide team and a teacher leader and physical education teacher in the West Des Moines Community School District. Rhoads said that physical education and health also address social-emotional learning in the schools. “We are seeing a lot of emotional issues in our schools,” he said. “There’s a lot of research that shows physical activity and good nutrition lessen the problems with mental health.” The Physical Education and Health Standards Review Team was created in response to public support for offering standards that go beyond the mandatory subject areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and 21st century skills. The team hopes to get the proposed physical education and health standards to the State Board of Education for consideration sometime next spring. Feedback from the public forums can be provided either in person or remotely through satellite centers (through video conferencing). Both forums run from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Details are as follows: 

December 4

Host Site: Central College Graham Annex 812 University St. Sutphen Room Pella Satellite Sites: Clinton High School 817 8th Ave. S Innovation Room Clinton Keystone AEA 1400 2nd St. NW Room D2 Elkader Grant Wood Elementary 1930 Lakeside Drive Library Iowa City University of Northern Iowa 2250 Hudson Rd. Wellness Recreation Center Room 242 Cedar Falls 

December 6

Host site: Valley High School 3650 Woodland Ave. Media Center  West Des Moines Satellite sites: Central Springs High School 105 S. East St. Room 16 Manly Lewis Central CSD 4121 Harry Langdon Blvd. Community Room Council Bluffs Northwest AEA 1382 4th Ave. NE Community Room Sioux Center