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.

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.

Curriculum and assessment in this content area is to be based on the Physical Education Grade Expectations (see documents below) 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.

Adapted Physical Education Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Webinar: Every Body Moves - Adapted Physical Education in Vermont Schools

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:

SHAPE America National Standards for Physical Education

The National Content Standards publications define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a quality physical education program. States and local school districts across the country use the National Standards to develop or revise existing standards, frameworks and curricula.

Act 161: An Act Relating to Nutrition Policy in Vermont Schools

View the text of the act as enacted into law.

Health Education Resource Center (HERC)

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

Page Last Updated on February 23, 2015