Wisconsin - Content Standards: Physical Education

Physical Education
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Wisconsin adopted Physical Education standards in 2010.


To support quality physical education, Wisconsin’s Physical Education Standards, first published in 1997, has been updated and reformatted. A team of elementary, middle school, high school, and higher education teachers and administrators created this document through the assistance of the Wisconsin Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators; and the Wisconsin Education Association Council. It builds upon national standards and includes sections designed to help physical education departments and teachers design high quality physical education curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

The new standards include the following new components:

• Broad statements of essential student skills and knowledge.

• A description of the physical education behaviors for each standard in four grade bands: PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

• Learning priorities to help school districts develop effective K-12 physical education curricula.

• Focus areas to guide teachers regarding the types of physical education instruction that will best help students meet the standards.

• A K-12 learning continuum that provides grade band assessments with rubrics for each of the learning priorities.

• An adapted PE learning continuum with grade band assessments and rubrics that meets the needs of students with disabilities.

Taken together, the components of this standards document can educate parents, school personnel, and other community members regarding what physical education students need to know and be able to do to lead healthy, physically active lifestyles.

Adopting Authority: 
Chief State School Officer
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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