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The Georgia Student Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) Act was passed in the 2009 Georgia legislative session and is now Official Code of Georgia 20-2-777. Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the law requires each local school district to conduct an annual fitness assessment program for all students in grades 1 - 12 enrolled in Georgia public school physical education classes taught by certified physical education teachers.


Local school systems must:

  • Comply with state physical education instruction requirements
  • Conduct annual physical fitness testing of students enrolled in physical education classes*
  • Provide for reporting annual aggregate fitness assessment results to the state Board of Education
  • Report individual results of fitness assessment to parent or guardian of each student

The State Board of Education:

  • Is responsible for coordinating health and physical activity education and fitness activities and requirements
  • Provides for an annual fitness assessment report to the Governor, beginning October 1, 2012

The Governor will:

  • Acknowledge most improved schools and school systems though a recognition program

*Students who are physically unable to take the entire test battery are to be given as much of the test as they are able to complete, and as conditions permit.


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Live Healthy Georgia is an initiative sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health