2013 National Physical Education Standards

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.

In 2021, SHAPE America began the multi-year process to revise the standards. The new SHAPE America National Physical Education Standards were launched in March 2024 at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo. They provide a comprehensive framework for educators to deliver high-quality instruction and make a positive difference in the health and well-being of every student.

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2013 National Physical Education Standards

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.

SHAPE America. (2013). National Standards for K-12 Physical Education. Reston, VA: Author.

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