The Cooper Institute launched FitnessGram in 1982; it remains the standard fitness assessment tool of the President's Challenge. However, School officials cite budget cuts as affecting their ability to provide PE opportunities, according to a February 2012 report by the US Government Accountability Office.
With the basic idea that "all children deserve access to physical education opportunities, US Games has partnered with the Cooper Institute and is committed to providing the OPEN curriculum free of charge to all school districts throughout the country."
The Online Physical Education Network curriculum is National Standards and Outcomes focused and currently includes games and modules for locomotor and manipulative skills, ball games, fitness knowledge and personal and social responsibility for grades K-2 and 3-5. Middle school and high school PE modules are planned for 2016
The OPEN 1-Million is a group of districts and educational agencies that support the OPEN mission and will provide OPEN training to their elementary physical education teachers in the 2015 calendar year.
By: Lisa Waugh