What Is Physical Education?

Physical education provides students with a planned, sequential, K-12 standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge and behaviors for active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy and emotional intelligence.   

SHAPE America has defined the essential components of physical education.

4 Essential Components
Policy and environment
Appropriate Instruction
Student Assessment


SHAPE America develops the national standards and guidelines for physical education, and offers extensive professional development opportunities, cutting-edge resources such as the newly released National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education, and respected peer-reviewed journals to help you become a leader in your classroom, institution and community.

Other Tools and Resources
Elementary PE Teachers
Secondary PE Teachers
Adapted Physical Education
Pre-K and Early Childhood
Future Professionals

Useful Resources