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National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education eBook

National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education eBook


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    National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education focuses on measurable outcomes, empowering physical educators to help students become physically literate individuals. Created by SHAPE America this text presents the new SHAPE America National Standards for K-12 Physical Education, which have been retooled to support students’ holistic development.
    This is the third iteration of the National Standards for K-12 Physical Education, and this latest version features two prominent changes:

    • The term "physical literacy" underpins the standards. It encompasses the three domains of physical education (psychomotor, cognitive, and affective) and considers not only physical competence and knowledge but also attitudes, motivation, and the social and psychological skills that students need to develop to attain physical literacy.

    • Grade-Level Outcomes support the National Standards. These measurable outcomes are organized by level (elementary, middle, and high school) and by standard. They provide a bridge between SHAPE America's National Standards and K-12 physical education curriculum development and make it easy for teachers to assess and track student progress across grades, resulting in physically literate students.

    In developing the Grade-Level Outcomes, SHAPE America focused on motor skill competency, student engagement and intrinsic motivation, instructional climate, gender differences, lifetime activity approach, and physical activity. All outcomes are written to align with the standards and with the intent of fostering lifelong physical activity.
    National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education presents the standards and outcomes in ways that will help preservice teachers and current practitioners plan curricula, units, lessons, and tasks. The text also:

    • empowers physical educators to help students meet the Common Core State Standards;

    • allows teachers to see the new standards and the scope and sequence for outcomes for all grade levels at a glance in a colorful, easy-to-read format; and

    • provides administrators, parents, and policy makers with a framework for understanding what students should know and be able to do as a result of their physical education instruction.

    The result is a text that teachers can use confidently in creating and enhancing high-quality programs that prepare students to be physically literate and active their whole lives.


    Text for higher education students taking physical education and education classes. Reference for K-12 PE teachers, PE directors, and curriculum writers

    Table of Contents

    Section I. Exploring the National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes

    Chapter 1. Developing a Curriculum Framework
    Key Changes to the Standards
    Guiding Research
    Application of Findings
    Chapter 2. National Standards for K-12 Physical Education
    Reading the Grade-Level Outcomes
    Chapter 3. Elementary School-Level Outcomes (K-Grade 5)
    Guidance for Using Elementary School Outcomes
    Critical Elements
    Grade-Level Outcomes for Elementary School
    Chapter 4. Middle School-Level Outcomes (Grades 6-8)
    Guidance for Using Middle School Outcomes
    Grade-Level Outcomes for Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    Operational Definitions of Activity Categories
    Chapter 5. High School-Level Outcomes (Grades 9-12)
    Guidance for Using High School Outcomes
    Outcomes for High School (Grades 9-12)
    Operational Definitions of Activity Categories

    Section II. Implementing the Outcomes

    Chapter 6. Outcomes Skills & Knowledge Across Grade Levels
    Scope & Sequence for K-12 Physical Education
    Chapter 7. Teaching for Content and Skill Mastery
    Defining Deliberate Practice
    The Role of Feedback and Deliberate Practice
    Creating a Mastery Climate
    Chapter 8. Evidence of Student Learning
    The Goal of Assessment
    Guidelines for Developing Assessments
    Chapter 9. Resources for Teaching the Standards & Outcomes
    Using Technology to Teach the Standards & Outcomes
    Choosing the Right Technology
    SHAPE America Resources for Teaching to the Standards & Outcomes
    About the Chapter 9 Contributors

    About the Authors

    About the Author

    SHAPE America — Society of Health and Physical Educators (formerly AAHPERD) — is the largest organization of physical educators in the country, with close to 20,000 members. SHAPE America created the first-ever K-12 physical education national standards; developed the Let’s Move in School public awareness campaign to increase physical activity before, during, and after school; and originated the Shape of the Nation Report, which reviews the status of physical education across the United States. Among its many partners, SHAPE America works with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the American Heart Association, The Cooper Institute, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.