Rhode Island - PE teaches skills for a healthy life: Standards

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regulation; standard

State law requires teaching skills for a healthy life.

200-RICR-20-10-1 Basic Education Program

  1. Each LEA shall ensure that the coherent and coordinated K-12 curriculum for physical education includes:
    • a. Movement Forms and Principles, Motor Skills, Physical Activity, Personal Fitness, Personal and Social Responsibility, and Influences on Physical Activity;
    • b. Student assessments that address all standards and instructional objectives, including the appropriate use of fitness testing;
    • c. Sequential, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate instruction K-12;
    • d. Development of personal fitness plans, at least at the secondary level;
    • e. Instructional strategies that keep all students active at least 50% of class time; and
    • f. Compliance with statutory requirements for instructional time as well as with other requirements in the Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs.

The Rhode Island Physical Education Framework

It is the responsibility of each RI school district to develop a K-12 comprehensive and sequential PE curriculum that gives students opportunities to reach the standards. Whether a teacher selects a sport, game or other activity, the ultimate goal of the task is to help the student learn the concept/skill, allow for sufficient opportunity for the student to practice the task, and give the student the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge/skill. A quality PE program will work across activities/units to address all standards, and select those that will be formally assessed. Additionally, a cohesive, standards-based PE program will ensure that students demonstrate growth and progress over time. A glossary of terms to assist you is in the appendix.
Source: Rhode Island Department of Education

The Rhode Island Physical Education Framework

Rhode Island Physical Education Standards

Vision: As a result of daily, high quality physical education instruction from K-12, all students will have the knowledge and skills to lead a physically active lifestyle.

A physically educated person:

1. Demonstrates competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms.

2. Applies movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills.

3. Understands the implications of and the benefits derived from involvement in physical activity.

4. Applies physical activity-related skills and concepts to maintain a physically active lifestyle and a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

5. Demonstrates responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings.

6. Understands that internal and external environments influence physical activity.
Source: Rhode Island Department of Education

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