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Physical Education

The Goal

The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.


To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual:

  • Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities.

  • Knows the implications and the benefits of involvement in various types of physical activities.

  • Participates regularly in physical activity.

  • Is physically fit.

  • Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle.

The Standards

SHAPE America's National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective physical education program. States and local school districts across the country use the National Standards to develop or revise existing standards, frameworks and curricula.

  1. The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

  2. The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

  3. The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

  4. The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.  

  5. The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

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