Physical Education

The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals. The Vermont State Board of Education adopted the SHAPE America standards to guide physical education curriculum development in 2015. Students need to develop the knowledge and skills to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Physical education should provide students with regular exercise through a variety of physical activities. High school graduates should be able to evaluate their own physical fitness, set goals, and use their knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. The Agency may provide professional learning, technical assistance, and resources to schools.

Physical Education Assessment

The Vermont ESSA plan identifies Physical Education as a indicator in our state accountability system. Vermont is committed to understanding the health-related fitness status of all students. Supervisory Unions, School Districts, or Independent Schools are required to collect and report the fitness data for all publicly-funded students in grades 4, 7, and 9.

The Vermont Physical Education Assessment (VTPEA) is a suite of assessments used to assess the fitness levels of students. The VTPEA suite includes FitnessGram, the Brockport Physical Fitness test, and the Individualized Fitness Assessment. Together, this suite of assessments collects health-related fitness data in four fitness domains. These domains are aerobic capacity, abdominal muscular strength and endurance, upper body muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility.

VTPEA data is use to inform and provide feedback for local programs. Feedback should be used to create instructional opportunities to support the development of lifelong and life enhancing fitness habits. All students should have access, membership, and inclusion in fitness education programs.

2019 VTPEA Information

  • Testing Window: April 1 – May 31, 2019
  • Data Use: Vermont ESSA reporting, school and student reporting, inform programs, assure equity
  • Grade Levels: All publicly-funded students in grades 4, 7, and 9 in public or independent schools
  • Assessment Domains: Aerobic capacity, abdominal muscular strength and endurance, upper body muscular strength and endurance, flexibility

VTPEA Resources

The following VTPEA resources can be found in the Vermont Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal.

  • The 2019 VTPEA Test Administration Manual
  • The 2019 VTPEA ‘Training of Trainers’ powerpoint presentation
  • The link to the VTPEA Certification Test
  • The link to the Alt-VTPEA Data Reporting Form
  • A sample ‘Parent’ letter for schools to use as a template to communicate the VTPEA to parents and/or guardians.
The 2018 Vermont Physical Education Assessment Training Series

Linking Health & Learning – A newsletter for Vermont’s Health and Physical Educators

Physical Education Resources

  • Presidential Youth Fitness Program
    • Register for Presidential Youth Fitness Program to have access to a variety of resources necessary to implement the program, including:
      • Professional development opportunities 
      • FitnessGram® protocols and Healthy Fitness Zone® standards
      • Technical assistance
      • Presidential recognition for students and schools
      • Access to grants
  • SHAPE America Download Library – Physical Education, classroom-ready and teacher-friendly resources you can use right now to help your students on the path to health and physical literacy.
  • PE Central has free instruction resources for Physical Education teachers.
  • OPENPhysEd: A free resource that includes tools for K-12 Physical Education curriculum, early childhood movement exploration, and after-school physical activity programs.

  • BOKS: A free research-based physical activity program that empowers school communities to improve their children physically, mentally, and socially through the power of movement.

  • VTOpen is Vermont's Main Group for efforts under Open Education Resources (OER). The Agency of Education established a formal partnership with OER Commons in spring of 2017 expressly for this purpose. Working with a group of dedicated VT Ambassadors, VT schools are encouraged to use this group as a repository for digital resources for all content areas, including Health and Physical Education, which can be made available to all. Share your best teaching ideas on this website. 

More Information


Email Susan Yesalonia, Ed.D. or call (802) 828-6553.

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