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SD board adopts new physical education standards

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Education has adopted a new set of physical education standards that are meant to encourage students to maintain physically active lifestyles.

The board during its Monday meeting in Rapid City also discussed proposed science criteria.

The physical education standards at the elementary school level focus on fundamental motor skills. In middle school, students apply those motor skills. In high school, the emphasis is on fitness and wellness.

The standards draw from national guidelines and were tweaked for South Dakota students. The committee that developed the new benchmarks removed cricket from the list of activities, for example, because that sport is not popular in the Midwest.

The proposed science standards are designed to give students an idea of how science is used in the field.

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