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Principals Say that Recess is Key to Academic Success - featured February 12, 2010

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First-Of-Its-Kind Gallup Poll Links Recess To Academic Achievement

Thanks to our friends at for links to an important Gallup Poll about the value of recess in school.

The first-of its-kind survey of almost 2,000 principals nationwide, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Association of Elementary School Principals and Playworks, revealed enthusiastic support for recess among principals, who see it benefiting kids both in the classroom and in life.

Key findings from the survey include:
  • Four out of five principals report that recess has a positive impact on academic achievement.
  • Two-thirds of principals report that students listen better after recess and are more focused in class.
  • Virtually all believe that recess has a positive impact on children’s social development (96 percent) and general well-being (97 percent).

“This research sends a clear message to anyone interested in improving education or the overall well-being of America’s children: it’s time to take recess seriously,” said Jane Lowe, team director for the Vulnerable Populations Portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Recess should no longer be treated as an afterthought but as a core part of any strategy for promoting learning and improving health.”

Read the executive Summary of this first-of-its-kind Poll at the Robert Wood Johnson website

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