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Physical Education Program

Development of the PE Standards The California Physical Education Model Content Standards Development Committee was convened to answer the question,  What should California students know and be able to do in physical education? The physical education model content standards build on the work of exemplary documents and current research on the health-related issues facing children and youths in the state. The model content standards also reflect guidance and suggestions from members of the California teaching community and other citizens who attended professional meetings and public hearings held around the state. At the meetings and hearings, parents and guardians, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders helped define key issues.

Current practice and the state of physical education instruction in California were given special consideration during the process. In addition, physical education experts from around the nation reviewed the first draft and submitted formal comments. Their ideas helped immeasurably to strengthen the rigor and quality of the standards. Although the committee recognizes that changes in practices by schools, teachers, and students will take time, the committee believes achieving these standards is a high priority for California students.

The Physical Education Model Content Standards will assist schools in establishing learning goals and objectives for physical education. A sequential, developmentally appropriate curriculum should be designed and implemented to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and confidence needed to adopt and maintain a physically active, healthy lifestyle.

Highlights of the PE Standards
The five overarching model content stan dards for elementary and middle school students are as follows:
Standard 1: Students demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Standard 2: Students demonstrate knowl edge of movement concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and perfor mance of physical activities.
Standard 3: Students assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance.
Standard 4: Students demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, and strategies to improve health and performance.
Standard 5: Students demonstrate and utilize knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.
In elementary school the content standards emphasize the way in which students move through space and time in their environment, the way in which the student and a partner move in space together, the continuity and change in movement, the manipulation of objects in time and through space, and the manipulation of objects with accuracy and speed.
Students at Brookvale participate in the following types of activities to meet and exceed the California PE standards:
  1. Cooperative games
  2. Team activities
  3. Individual activities
  4. Self expression activities
  5. Fitness activities
  6. Problem solving activities
  7. Movement activities
  8. Dance/Rhythm activities
  9. Locomotor and non locomotor activities
  10. Health and Awareness activities
For a complete list of PE standards for every grade level, please go to the following website: