The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and self-efficacy to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Physical education provides regular moderate to vigorous exercise for students through a variety of skill development, 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 health-enhancing, physically active lifestyle.
The AOE's 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.
Physical Education Standards
On May 19, 2015, the Vermont State Board of Education adopted the 2014 SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for Physical Education to replace 2004 Vermont Grade Expectations for Physical Education (PE). These new standards for PE empower Vermont educators to use the most current, best-practices in design of proficiency-based instruction and assessment for learning. Furthermore, this move enables use of directly-aligned, nationally-developed tools for assessment and curriculum evaluation with the goal of developing student physical literacy.
This list of frequently asked questions and answers, 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.