Physical 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.

The Agency may provide professional development, technical assistance and resources to schools for the development and implementation of standards-based curricula, instruction and assessment.

Physical Education Standards

On May 19, 2015, the State Board of Education adopted the 2014 SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for Physical Education to replace the 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.

Vermont Health and Physical Education Survey

The Vermont Agency of Education has developed a survey to collect data from health and physical educators considering Vermont’s Education Quality Standards, proficiency-based learning, and the development of Supervisory Union/School District K-12 health and physical education curricula anchored to national standards. If you are a K-12 Health and/or Physical Education teacher, please take the time to complete the Health and Physical Education survey. The survey will close on August 4, 2017. The feedback will be used to develop an understanding of the status of K-12 health and/or physical education programs in Vermont schools to inform the Agency’s work considering supporting the field.

Contact: Susan Yesalonia, Ed.D., Health and Physical Education Specialist, 802-479-1284, 

A Professional Learning Module: Health and Physical Education in Vermont Schools

As supervisory unions work to build local proficiency-based education systems, we know that curriculum coordinators, health and physical education teachers will benefit from resources to support this work. The Agency of Education created a short professional learning module to build baseline understanding of connections between: proficiency-based learning, flexible pathways, personalized learning plans, and newly adopted national standards for health education and physical education. The professional learning video and associated PDF slides include links to resources and instructions for exploratory and discussion tasks. The recorded module is approximately 15 minutes in length, but includes prompts to pause and engage in tasks with a team of health and physical education teachers; therefore it is recommended that this module will take 30-45 minutes to complete.

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Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

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