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.

National Standards for K-12 Physical Education Copyright 2013, SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators,
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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.

We Need Your Help: Student Voice Survey

We invite K-12 physical educators and university professors/faculty to collect student responses via a brief survey. The Student Voice Survey is for PreK-12 public and private school students as well as college/university students. There is only one question students are asked to answer and no personally identifiable information will be asked or collected. The deadline for submission is June 15.

National Physical Education Standards Task Force

  • Sally Jones, Chair
  • Amanda Amtmanis
  • Brad Brummel
  • Langston Clark
  • Fran Cleland
  • Kelly Cornett
  • Dan DeJager
  • Suzanna Dillon
  • Cory Dixon
  • Robert Doan
  • Jonathan Jones
  • LaDonda Porter
  • Glenn Young
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.

SHAPE America has defined the essential components of physical education.

Essential Components for PE
Physical Education Books

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.