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Physical education professionals across the country now have a new set of National Standards, as well as a new goal of developing "physically literate" individuals.
By unanimous vote, the NASPE Board of Directors approved and accepted the new National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education during its meeting at AAHPERD's 2013 National Convention & Expo in Charlotte, N.C. The standards, which took effect immediately, are similar to the standards in force since 2004, but replace the term "physically educated person" with "physically literate individual."
"The term 'physical literacy' puts us more in line with other content areas, such as math and health education," says Lynn Couturier, who chaired the NASPE Task Force on K – 12 Standards and Outcomes, which developed the standards. "The task force felt that we can better influence education decision-makers by using language that core subjects use, such as 'physical literacy' and 'college- and career readiness.' It's important that we help these decision-makers understand the role of physical education in the schoolwide curriculum and in preparing students for college and career."
Here are the new National Standards for Physical Education:
Standard 1 The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
Standard 2 The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
Standard 3 The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
Standard 4 The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
Standard 5 The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
The task force also developed student outcomes for all five Standards in each grade from kindergarten through grade 8, and for two grade levels within high school.
"We thank the members of the task force for the important work that they did in developing these standards and outcomes," said Cheryl Richardson, AAHPERD Senior Director of Programs. "And we're grateful to the many AAHPERD members who provided feedback throughout the two-year development process."
In addition to Couturier, the task force was composed of Stevie Chepko, Shirley Holt/Hale, Dan Persse, Brad Rettig and Georgi Roberts.
Couturier, Chepko and Holt/Hale are writing a book on the standards and outcomes that AAHPERD will publish next March. While the book is in development, AAHPERD will publish the standards on its Web site in June and will release several resources to help guide physical education professionals in adopting the new standards, including a delineation of skills by grade level, a glossary of terms and a booklet containing critical elements of fundamental skills.
Look for announcements regarding those resources on AAHPERD's homepage.