The purpose of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The priority is the initiation, expansion, and improvement of physical education programs (which may include after-school programs) in order to make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education for kindergarten through 12th grade students by (1) providing equipment and support to enable students to participate actively in physical education activities; and (2) providing funds for staff and teacher training and education.
So how can you maximize your PEP dollars to assure you are spending money on the PEP grant priorities? In order to provide equipment, support and training, one needs to have a program of study or curriculum. The curriculum will drive equipment, training and support.
The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) was specifically designed by CDC to help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of physical education curricula. PECAT results can help school districts enhance, develop, or select appropriate and effective physical education curricula for delivering high-quality physical education in schools including equipment, training and support.
The PECAT is based on the NASPE national standards for physical education and includes an overview of high-quality physical education, information about physical education curricula, tools to assess a curriculum, and resources for developing a curriculum improvement plan. The PECAT can assist in assessing how closely the written curricula align with national standards for high-quality physical education programs.
Here are the top 10 reasons PECAT takes the mystery out of deciding on quality curriculum for physical education as it relates to the PEP grants. Utilizing the PECAT to determine your needs can strengthen the case for your PEP grant.
- Fitness education and assessment: PECAT provides guidance to help make clear decisions about your program and what your needs may be in the area of curriculum and assessment.
- Motor Skill and Physical Activity: PECAT helps to provide a methodical review of curricula instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical activities to determine an appropriate and research based curricula program to purchase for PEP funding.
- Cognitive Concepts: The PECAT will help determine the development and instruction in, cognitive concepts that support a lifelong healthy lifestyle within a curricula program.
- Social Concepts: Opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills through physical activity participation is a priority for PEP. The PECAT can assist in evaluation of curricula for the PEP grant funding.
- Nutrition: One priority for PEP funding is instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition. PECAT and HECAT both can assist in documented evidence in this category.
- Professional development: PEP encourages the opportunity for growth. Professional development is a key role and the PECAT can assist in determining the feasibility of a curriculum by including training.
- Affordable: Money is scares and should be maximized when received. PECAT has a section in the beginning to help determine if curricula is affordable and appropriate for your school/district.
- Grade Group Specific: PECAT helps takes the guesswork out of age appropriateness. Content and skills are specific for each grade group, pre-K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12.
- Assurance: The concepts, sub-skills and skill examples were developed through a rigorous CDC process guided by research evidence and expert opinion.
- Change Facilitator: PEP recipients are to identify research based programs that can effect change (improvement). PECAT identifies strengths and weaknesses for change which improve physical education or after school programs, including the research behind the curricula.
Utilizing the PECAT as a methodical process to establish need for curriculum, training and equipment will strengthen you PEP grant and your PEP grant evaluation. SPARK has been evaluated with PECAT and is not only a research and outcomes based program by its own merit but the PECAT scores show SPARK is also a quality physical education curriculum. Click Here to see the PECAT scores for each SPARK Physical Education program.