Regular physical activity is one of the most important ways that individuals maintain and improve their physical health, mental health, and overall well-being. A student who participates in regular physical education is more likely to remain motivated to stay healthy and physically active throughout his or her adult life.. Additionally, the goal is to promote life-long enjoyment and pursuit of physical activity and sports. The physical education standards that follow specify the essential skills and knowledge that all students need in order to build and maintain a healthy life style.
These standards provide guidance for developing physical education programs by identifying what each student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level or course in the District of Columbia. With adequate instruction and sustained effort on the part of students, all students should be able to achieve the standards.
Reflecting a strong consensus among educators, these standards establish high expectations for all students. They detail the knowledge and skills involved in promoting a physically active lifestyle. Adapted from the highly rated California content standards and informed by the Massachusetts frameworks and the National Association for Sports and Physical Education, the standards incorporate the comments and suggestions of District of Columbia residents, teachers, administrators, the District of Columbia Department of Health, and numerous community organizations.
The physical education standards outlined below will empower students to assume responsibility for their own lifetime health, wellness, and fitness.
The Physical Education standards were approved by the District of Columbia State Board of Education on Dec. 13, 2007.
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