Physical Education

Physical education is an integral part of the total education of every child in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Quality physical education programs are needed to increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility and enjoyment of physical activity for all students so that they can be physically active for a lifetime. Physical education programs can only provide these benefits if they are well-planned and well-implemented.

There are four main goals of modern physical education:

• to improve physical fitness,
• to shape positive attitudes towards physical activity,
• to give children the skills they need to enjoy different physical activities,
• and to help them understand the importance of regular exercise and the connection between physical health and general well-being.

The physical education program is the place where students learn about all of the benefits gained from being physically active as well as the skills and knowledge to incorporate safe, satisfying physical activity into their lives.

  K-12 Physical Education Standards
 Full Document of the South Dakota Physical Education Standards
 Sections of the South Dakota Physical Education Standards Document
 Credits Page
 Table of Contents
 Introduction and Acknowledgements
 Goal of Physical Education
 South Dakota Physical Education Standards At-a-Glance
 Guide to Reading the Grade-level Outcomes
 Grade Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education
 Elementary Grade-level Outcomes  Middle School Grade-level Outcomes  High School Grade-level Outcomes

Useful Links:

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP): A Guide for Schools
National Framework for Physical Activity and Physical Education
SHAPE America – What is a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP)?
SHAPE America – Essential Components of Physical Education
SHAPE America - Physical Education Program Checklist
SHAPE America - Appropriate Instructional Practices Guidelines - K-12