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MT9: Education Policies

Framework Component

Changes - Multi-Sector

Indicator Description

This indicator represents high-level school policies and systems implemented at a state level and achieved through the work of a number of diverse organizations, of which SNAP-Ed will have been one-sometimes in a highly significant way, other times as part of a coalition or collaborative.

Background and Context

This indicator is significant because of the power that a state-level policy decision implies for increased student exposure to physical activity opportunities and heathy eating and concurrent reduced contact with unhealthy eating experiences and sedentary behavior. For example, states with a specific time requirement for physical education reported significantly more weekly PE time than those with a non-specific time requirement at the elementary (over 27 min.) and middle school (over 60 min.) levels or than those with no time requirement, 40 more and 60 more min./week, respectively.1 Success with this indicator reduces the amount of individual effort at the school level spent on attaining these policies, that can instead be directed towards monitoring as well as exploring additional PSE change interventions.

Outcome Measures

What to Measure

First identify which PSE changes are being met at the state level by using the secondary data state database to identify changes in meeting MT9a-MT9h from the 2-year period before; then use the most current data your state has available to identify the number of schools that qualify as SNAP-Ed eligible (at least 50% free and reduced price (school) meals (FRPM)).

Report data separately for elementary, middle, and high schools.

Population

Elementary-, middle-, and high school-age children attending schools

Surveys and Data Collection Tools

Additional Resources or Supporting Citations

Perna FM, Oh A, Chriqui JF, et al. The association of state law to physical education time allocation in US public schools. Am J Public Health. 2012. 102;(8):1594-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300587. Epub 2012 May 17.