National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 PE

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Created by SHAPE America, this text empowers PE teachers to become “physically literate” in order to best educate their students on the importance of fitness and activity. The text encompasses 3 unique domains of development—psychomotor, cognitive, and affective—to showcase the importance of proper physical activity levels. This guide takes into account grade level, gender, instructional climate, student engagement, and more to help PE teachers achieve their truest potential.

Understand Physical Education Standards and Benchmarks

In order to effectively teach PE, instructors must underpin lessons with a focus on physical literacy. This concept involves understanding not only the physical effects of proper activity, but also the psychological and developmental aspects of it. This text helps to educate PE teachers on these nuances and promote physical literacy across all grade levels, to assist in the formation of lesson plans and objectives that meet national physical education standards and benchmarks.

In recognizing and adhering to national PE standards—as qualified by SHAPE America and the Society of Health and Physical Education—students will reap the benefits of lessons designed to encourage the attitudes, motivation, social and psychological skills they need to develop to attain lifelong physical literacy.

In addition, this book also includes resources for qualifying student progress, through a bevy of measureable resources. The text’s clearly-defined objectives allow teachers to see the standards their students should be striving for and, through comprehensive sequencing and instruction, helps instructors best meet the needs of their developing students.


This book is split into 2 sections for exploring and implementing national standards for physical education. The entire text covers 9 total chapters.

  • Section I. Exploring the National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes
    • Chapter 1. Developing a Curriculum Framework
      • Key Changes to the Standards
      • Guiding Research
      • Application of Findings
    • Chapter 2. National Standards for K-12 Physical Education
      • Reading the Grade-Level Outcomes
    • Chapter 3. Elementary School-Level Outcomes (K-Grade 5)
      • Guidance for Using Elementary School Outcomes
      • Critical Elements
      • Grade-Level Outcomes for Elementary School
    • Chapter 4. Middle School-Level Outcomes (Grades 6-8)
      • Guidance for Using Middle School Outcomes
      • Grade-Level Outcomes for Middle School (Grades 6-8)
      • Operational Definitions of Activity Categories
    • Chapter 5. High School-Level Outcomes (Grades 9-12)
      • Guidance for Using High School Outcomes
      • Outcomes for High School (Grades 9-12)
      • Operational Definitions of Activity Categories
  • Section II. Implementing the Outcomes
    • Chapter 6. Outcomes Skills & Knowledge Across Grade Levels
      • Scope & Sequence for K-12 Physical Education
    • Chapter 7. Teaching for Content and Skill Mastery
      • Defining Deliberate Practice
      • The Role of Feedback and Deliberate Practice
      • Creating a Mastery Climate
      • Summary
    • Chapter 8. Evidence of Student Learning
      • The Goal of Assessment
      • Guidelines for Developing Assessments
      • Summary
    • Chapter 9. Resources for Teaching the Standards & Outcomes
      • Using Technology to Teach the Standards & Outcomes
      • Choosing the Right Technology
      • Summary
      • SHAPE America Resources for Teaching to the Standards & Outcomes
      • About the Chapter 9 Contributors
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • About the Authors

Book is 126 pages.