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.

2020 VTPEA Testing: Cancelled per COVID-19 and Remote Learning

2020 VTPEA Information
  • Testing Window: April – May
  • 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 2020 VTPEA Test Administration Manual
  • The Role of the VTPEA Teacher Leader
  • The link to the 2020 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.

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Physical Education Resources

  • SHAPE America: SHAPE America provides physical education resources that help educators plan high-quality, standards-based lessons for remote learning.
  • Online Physical Education Network (OPEN): OPEN offers two types of tools; games and calendars for families to use to make their home an active home and resources teachers and parents can use as partners to provide meaningful movement opportunities that support physical education and social & emotional learning.
  • Dynamic PE: Dynamic PE guides teachers through the process of creating customized lesson plans with hundreds of instructional activities and teaching hints. Each activity has clear objectives, includes a specified equipment list, and adheres to National Standards.
  • ​PE Central: PE Central provides lesson plans, assessment ideas, skill and fitness challenges, and a video library that can be used to support remote physical education.
  • WelNet: WelNet has two programs. The FIVE FOR LIFE PROGRAM® includes curriculum and supporting materials that supports physical education at all levels. The FAB 5® Program is designed for activity leaders and teachers to deliver fitness, nutrition and health concepts in a fun and motivating environment. Materials can be adapted for remote learning. WelNet is free for all schools/districts through July 22, 2020. 
  • 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.​
  • Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP): FitnessGram and instructional resources, PYFP at Home, professional development opportunities, and access to grant opportunities.

More Information


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

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