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American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Releases Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education
New Benchmarks Set to Take Students on a Path to Become Physically Literate Individuals
RESTON, VA, October 15, 2013– For the first time ever, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) has created grade-level outcomes that support the newly revamped National Standards for Physical Education. 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.
"This is revolutionary!" says Cheryl Richardson, AAHPERD senior director for membership engagement and programming. "Through the new Standards & Grade Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education, we're offering physical educators across the country more guidance than ever before on how to mold students to recognize the value of sustaining a lifetime of physical activity."
The Outcomes are intended to be benchmarks that identify what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. They will also provide a roadmap to track students' progress towards becoming a physically literate individual, the overall goal of the new national standards.
A six-person AAHPERD task force along with member feedback, led to the development of the Standards and Outcomes, including Lynn Couturier, SUNY College at Cortland, NY; Stevie Chepko, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC; Shirley Holt/Hale, Linden Elementary School, Oak Ridge, TN (retired); Brad Rettig, Schoo Middle School, Lincoln, NE; Georgi Roberts, Fort Worth Independent School District, TX, and Dan Persse, Blaine Elementary School, Blaine, WA.
Physical educators can download the new National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education from AAHPERD's website. New and re-newing members will receive the new Scope and Sequence for K-12 Physical Education brochure as a member benefit. The brochure includes a chart representing the grade levels at which physical skills and knowledge should be introduced and practiced. It also indicates when competency and application should occur.
Beginning April 1, 2014, look for the National Standards & Grade Level-Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education publication, which will be available through AAHPERD's online book store and at the AAHPERD National Convention & Expo. It will offer:
Richardson added, "The Outcomes can be adapted to fit within a physical education teacher's curriculum, culture and the time he/she has available for PE. Implementing this entire package of both Standards and Outcomes will undoubtedly raise the bar for PE programs across the country."
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