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Does More Physical Education Equal Higher Math Scores?

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Feb 12, 2016 9:30:00 AM
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An increase in physical activity has been linked to increased math scores on standardize tests for students in Washington D.C. The Washington Post recently published an article highlighting a study from American University that reviewed the results of the Healthy Schools Act in Washington D.C. Schools with more physical activity had significantly better math results.

The following table highlights the link between math achievement and increased physical activity. 


Stein, Perry. (2016, February 9). Does more physical education equal higher math scores? The Washington Post. Table 2 data from American University. Retrieved from

 From the article:

“This finding demonstrates that students’ academic performance improves when there’s a balance between time spent on physical education and time spent on learning,” said Stacey Snelling, Dean of American University’s School of Education.

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