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Quality Physical Education

Quality physical education does not happen on accident.  Quality physical education is the result of teachers utilizing California’s Physical Education Model Content Standards to achieve specific learning outcomes at every grade level while also utilizing California’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to rigorously engage students with content and ultimately increase their depth of knowledge in physical education.  Throughout this process, students should be engaged in appropriate levels of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA), which we estimate to be at least 50% of total class time.

Common Core Aligned


Physical education teachers are encouraged to use California’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to engage students with physical education with content in a means that is rigorous and consistent with grade level standards in other disciplines.  In grades K-5, teachers should identify CCSS from any strand that may be used to engage students deeply with physical education content.  For grades 6-12, physical education is considered a “Technical Subject.”  As a technical subject, teachers will utilize grade level outcomes for reading and writing to guide student achievement.  Note: other strands may be used as appropriate to enhance the learning outcomes for physical education including Speaking & Listening and Academic Language.

50% of Class Time in MVPA

The United States Centers for Disease Control recommends that students engage in Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) for at least 60 minutes each day.  In order for students to meet and/or exceed this recommendation, teachers are encouraged to engage students in MVPA for at least 50% of total class time.  MVPA can be defined as activity that engages students in activities that elicit signs of exertion including increased heart rate, sweating, increased breathing, etc.  Activities can range in intensity from brisk walking to participation in competitive sports. 

Grade Level Resources

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Standards-Based

California’s Physical Education Model Content Standards are the foundation for physical education instruction.  They define what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in order to foster physical literacy.  The following overarching standards guide this work:

Overarching Standards for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade

Standard 1:  Students demonstrate the motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Standard 2:  Students Demonstrate knowledge of movement concepts, principles and strategies that apply to the learning and performance 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.

Overarching Standards for High School

Standard 1:  Students demonstrate knowledge of and competency in motor skills, movement patters and strategies needed to perform a a variety of physical activities.

Standard 2:  Students achieve a level of physical fitness for health and performance while demonstrating knowledge of fitness concepts, principles and strategies.

Standard 3:  Students demonstrate knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.

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