We are all familiar with SHAPE America goal for physical education, “To develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.” But are you aware of the new standards adopted in May? Our new national standards now include grade level outcomes! These standards and grade level outcomes are critical in our profession to support teachers everywhere as they strive for accountability. We physical educators should be held to the same accountability levels as other core subject teachers, and our students should have specific and clearly defined outcomes to strive towards.
The grade-level outcomes are benchmarks that identify what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. They serve as a guide for physical educators to use to track students’ progress toward becoming physically literate individuals, which is the overarching goal of the five new National Standards. These can also be used to show student growth and teacher quality, both important factors in today’s teaching world. You can purchase the grade – level outcomes through SHAPE America.
In case you have not seen the new National Standards for Physical Education, here they are!
The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
SPARK supports and aligns their content and instruction to SHAPE standards and outcomes. Their research-based programs assist physical educators in implementing a quality physical education program aligned to national and/or state standards. You can view their SPARK State Standards Alignment page.
SPARK has also updated their lesson plans on SPARKfamily.org for those of you who subscribe.
Thousands of schools and districts have chosen SPARK as their preferred physical education program due to the many resources available to help teachers maximize student outcomes. Visit their website to learn more – and — take advantage of their free resources! www.sparkpe.org