Indiana's ESSA Plan . . . and YOU!
Dear Professional Colleague:
Last week, you received an email with an overview of
what Indiana's ESSA plan means for health and physical education.
The Indiana Department of Education is currently asking for comment
before the plan goes to the Governor's desk (August) and then to Washington D.C. (September).
Public comment period
ends July 20, 2017
If you don't speak up for health and physical education, who will?
You may be asking, "what can I do?"
I am asking all teachers, parents, administrators, health professionals and others interested in student health and
Specifically, Get INvolved
by speaking up and letting your voice be heard.
to the Indiana Department of Education with these key messages:
- Affirmation (#ActiveStudentsSucceed):
We applaud the strong language supportive of health and wellness efforts in schools.
The language shows a high-level of understanding that physical activity, nutrition, social/emotional health,
and mental health positively impact a student's ability to learn and be successful.
- Title IV, Part A Funding (#WellRoundedEducation):
Federal ESSA guidelines were designed to support any evidence-based interventions that address a school's assessments under the definition of a
That includes health and physical education.
Therefore, we ask
Indiana to expand the definition of fundable projects under Title IV Part A (page 105) to include all activities
that fall under the definition of a "well-rounded education."
- Opportunity (#HealthyStudentsSucceed): The state is required to add non-academic accountability measures in their ESSA plan.
Indiana has chosen School Climate and Culture which, at this time, remains undefined.
We encourage the state to use this measure to assess aspects that point
towards changing the health and well-being of their students.
Get INvested - It's Your Move
Please express your support for health and physical education.
You can use the Indiana AHPERD
template to email the Dept of Ed policy director
or you can visit the
Indiana ESSA web site
to complete an online survey.
We know advocating for quality health and physical education is a sustained effort.
if you are interested in being involved in the association's on-going advocacy efforts.