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 Assessment

The Vermont ESSA State Plan, developed by the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) with significant stakeholder feedback, received official approval from the US Department of Education in September. As Vermont works to implement an accountability system that better reflects the state’s education priorities as stated in Education Quality Standards, changes will need to be made at the state and local level. One such change is the implementation of Physical Education assessments. The AOE selected FitnessGram to serve as its statewide physical education assessment for state and federal accountability purposes. FitnessGram is a non-competitive fitness assessment and is currently the most widely used fitness assessment tool nationally. FitnessGram will be field tested statewide in the 2017-2018 school year. And it will be formally incorporated into the state’s accountability system beginning in 2018-2019. 

At this time, the 2018 PE Assessment testing window has opened. Data collections can be submitted May 1 – 31, 2018. Please review the following documents to understand the policies and guidelines for assessing students.

The Vermont Physical Education Assessment Supervisory Union or District certification process requires physical educators to complete a four-part training series as well as FitnessGram 101, which is embedded as a resource in the FitnessGram software. 

This following webinars are results of the Vermont Physical Education Assessment Training Series:

This spreadsheet is used to record Vermont Physical Education Assessment performance for students who are using the Brockport assessment or who are unable to participate.

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.

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.
  • 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. 

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Email Susan Yesalonia, Ed.D. or call (802) 479-1284.

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