Physical Education


The physical education consultant provides professional development, technical assistance and resources to schools for the development and implementation of standards-based curricula, instruction and assessment. Physical education curricular materials are available for loan through the Health Education Resource Center (HERC) located at the Agency of Education in Montpelier. A competitive grant also funds the purchase and implementation of heart rate monitors in high school physical education.

Physical education provides regular moderate to vigorous exercise for students through a variety of sports, games and lifetime physical activities. Graduates of an exemplary, sequential physical education program will be able to evaluate their own physical fitness, set goals, and use their physical activity knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Curriculum and assessment in this content area is to be based on the Physical Education Grade Expectations which are divided into four areas of learning: knowledge/motor skills, physical fitness, affective qualities and social interaction. The Physical Education Grade Expectations are more specific statements of the Vermont standards in Vermont Framework of Standards & Learning Opportunities. These learning outcomes are organized by grade clusters (pre-K and K; 1 and 2, 3 and 4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; and 9-12). The purpose of using grade clusters is to provide additional flexibility for alignment of local curriculum and local comprehensive assessment systems.

  Physical education (PE) is part of the required curriculum for all students in Vermont. An engaging, rigorous PE program is a key component of whole child development and contributes to high academic achievement in our public schools. Join us to learn how PE is evolving to account for research and health trends. Exemplary physical educators will describe their teaching and assessment practices and explain how a modern physical education program is designed to prepare students for a lifetime of healthful physical activity. We will close our segment with suggestions for how parents, board members and administrators can ensure the highest quality PE in their school.

Roundtable Participants:

  • Armando Vilaseca, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Education (VT-AOE)
  • Lindsay Simpson, Physical Education Consultant, VT-AOE
  • Carol Baitz, Physical Education teacher (preK-4), Thatcher Brook Primary School
  • JoJo Valente, Physical Education teacher (grades 7-8), Mill River Union
  Adapted Physical Education Frequently Asked Questions
On Friday, November 9, 2012, 25 physical education teachers completed a full-day workshop about APE law, assessment, and instructional strategies. This list of frequently asked questions and answers, click here, was created to clarify the legal requirements and outline best practices for adapted physical education (APE). Professionals who attended the workshop will apply knowledge and skills to design and implement an APE program improvement plan in their school or district. If you would like to connect with one of these individuals, please reach out to Lindsay.
  2012-2013 School Wellness Grant for Pk-12 Physical Education
In 2010, more than 50% of Vermont physical education (PE) teachers reported that the PE program is operating with an annual budget of less than $1,500. This competitive grant opportunity is designed with great flexibility to provide funding for a variety of PE program improvement efforts. Proposals will only be considered for PE (i.e. this funding will not support school sports or other school-based physical activities). The application deadline is at 12:00 noon on September 28, 2012.

Revised Guidance Document for Physical Education
This guidance document covers alternative acquisition of physical education credit.

Physical Education Grade Expectations
A grade expectation (GE) is a stated objective that relates directly to a Vermont standard and associated evidences. A GE differentiates performance on content knowledge or skills between adjacent grade levels and describes clearly what students will do to show that they understand a designated concept. As a set, GEs lead to focused, coherent and developmentally appropriate instruction without narrowing the curriculum and are used for local curriculum and assessment development. The GEs also are offered in the following formats:

Act 161: An Act Relating to Nutrition Policy in Vermont Schools
View the text of the act as enacted into law.

  • Wellness Programs and Funding Sources
    This document provides a list of school and community programs which have the potential to improve childhood wellness and available funds for schools and communities that wish to develop wellness programs.

Physical Education Resources
View descriptions and links to resources related to curriculum and assessment, professional associations and grants.

Health Education Resource Centers (HERCs)
The Vermont Agency of Education operates a Health Education Resource Center (HERC) that maintains a variety of pre-K-12 health education materials. Currently practicing school and community-based health educators may borrow curricula, books, reference resources, models & kits and audio-visual materials.


Lindsay Simpson at or (802) 479-1476

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