Standards and Outcomes Updates

February 11, 2020​   

Additional Information for Release Regarding the Proposed PA Academic Standards and Outcomes for Health and Physical Education

  1. The Physical Education Standards are the same ones from SHAPE America; however, the Outcomes are revised, rewritten, reorganized, etc. They are aligned with the PECAT developed by the CDC.
  2. The Benchmark years will remain consistent with the current Standards – Grades 3, 6, 9, 12. This is different than the SHAPE America Benchmark years.
  3. The Health Standards are from the National Health Education Standards with the learning outcomes aligned with the HECAT tool developed by the CDC.

February 1, 2020

PSAHPERD would like to provide you with an update on the status of the proposed PA Academic Standards for Health and Physical Education. We are aware that many of you are in your curriculum writing cycle and desperately need updated Standards and Outcomes as the current ones from 2002 are antiquated.

The Standards and Outcomes Committee have been working diligently and has completed the final drafts for both the proposed Academic Health and Physical Education Standards. The next step is to have them proceed through the official review process before being approved and publicly released. 

PSAHPERD’s Advocacy Committee has been trying to move this along as quickly as possible. On January 8th, members of the Committee spoke at the PA State Board of Education meeting to stress the many critical reasons this needs to happen. The Board was very receptive, understands our concerns, and even asked to see the final drafts.

However, as the next priority in their master plan, the Board is in the beginning stages of updating the Science-Technology-Environmental-Ecology Academic Standards and Outcomes. Health and Physical Education should follow upon the completion of these.

We have supporters in both PDE and on the Board of Education who truly recognize the importance of our request. We will continue to monitor the progress of the proposed Academic Standards and Outcomes for Health and Physical Education and will continue to speak up when and where appropriate.  

Please feel free to share this information with your administrators especially those who are responsible for curriculum and instruction in your school district.

  1. The Physical Education Standards are the same ones from SHAPE America; however, the Outcomes are revised, rewritten, reorganized, etc. They are aligned with the PECAT developed by the CDC.
  2. The Benchmark years will remain consistent with the current Standards – Grades 3, 6, 9, 12.  This is different than the SHAPE America Benchmark years.
  3. The Health Standards are from the National Health Education Standards with the learning outcomes aligned with the HECAT tool developed by CDC.