A New Way to Measure the Benefits of School Recess

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Recess plays an important role in healthy child development. Research suggests that it helps with social, academic, emotional, and physical development. Recess also provides children and youth with opportunities to practice important skills, such as self-regulation, conflict resolution, and cooperation.

However, there are currently no validated assessment tools to measure skill development and the impact of recess/play on student development. Plans are under way to change that.

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