National PE Standards: SHAPE America Sets the Standard

SHAPE America's National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective physical education program. States and local school districts across the country use the National Standards to develop or revise existing standards, frameworks and curricula. 

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 Crosswalk for SHAPE America National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education and CASEL Social and Emotional Learning Core Competencies (PE/SEL Crosswalk) document aligns CASEL’s SEL competencies and related skills to SHAPE America’s National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education.

This document serves as a resource for those aligning SEL competencies into the existing SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education™ and allows physical education teachers to incorporate SEL competencies into their standards-based lesson plans. The crosswalk identifies standards that are applicable to teaching and/or reinforcing one or more of SEL competencies.

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Revising the National Standards

SHAPE America has begun the process of revising the National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education. Below you will find information and opportunities to engage in the revision process.

PE Standards Task Force Updates

The National PE Standards Task Force will provide updates on the progress of their work. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback/input please contact Michelle Carter,

Updates as of June 23, 2021
The National Physical Education Standards Task Force has been meeting on a weekly basis since March 23, 2021. The task force has been specifically interested in gaining the perspective of PETE faculty/professors, preK-12 practitioners and preK-12 students through the use of town halls and surveys. There was a lot of feedback specific to the Grade-Level Outcomes. The Student Voice Survey ended June 15 and collected over 4,600 responses. The task force spent some time looking over and discussing the responses and feedback from these stakeholders to help inform their thinking.

Additionally, the task force has been really focused on what is the purpose or goal of physical education, now and in the future. There have been many philosophical discussions and activities to really narrow down and hone in on key concepts. The task force looked at standards from other content areas and other countries including New Zealand and Australia.

National Physical Education Standards Task Force

  • Sally Jones, PhD, Chair, Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education Consultant, NC Department of Instruction
  • Amanda Amtmanis, M. Ed., Physical Education Teacher, Middletown Public Schools
  • Brad Brummel, M. Ed., Coordinator of Physical Education, Health & Engagement Activities, Springfield Public Schools
  • Langston Clark, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Fran Cleland, P.E.D., Professor, Westchester University
  • Kelly Cornett, MS, Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Dan DeJager, MS, NBCT, Physical Education Teacher, San Juan Unified School District
  • Suzanna Dillon, PhD, CAPE, Associate Professor, Texas Woman's University
  • Cory Dixon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rowan University
  • Robert Doan, PhD, Assistant Dean / Associate Professor, Charleston Southern University
  • Jonathan Jones, MS, Physical Education Resource Teacher, Prince George's County Public Schools
  • LaDonda Porter, MS, Physical Education Teacher, Fayette County Public Schools
National Physical Education Standards

National Standards for K-12 PE: K-12 Townhall

Listen to K-12 educators share their thoughts and discuss the process of updating SHAPE America's National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education!

Want to share feedback on the National Standards? Lookout for the K-12 Educator survey!

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SHAPE America develops the national standards for physical education and the national 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.

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The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education, Second Edition, offers future K-12 physical educators an accessible and effective approach to delivering vital content to students. The book takes a standards-based approach that is fully integrated with SHAPE America assessments, and its teaching for learning approach to curriculum development takes the guesswork out of translating the text’s information into action.