Physical Education National Standards

Moving into the Future: National Standards for Physical Education, 2nd Edition

Use the physical education national standards to develop physically-educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. The purpose of the National Standards document is to provide the framework for a quality physical education.

  • Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
  • Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
  • Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
  • Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

Physical Education State Standards/ Requirements

All elementary students will engage in at least 30 minutes per school day or 135 minutes per school week of TEKS-based physical activity as required by SB 42. Middle School - SB530 requires 4 semesters of Health Fitness. HB3 requires 1 year of HF in High School to be chosen from Foundations of Personal Fitness, Individual/Team Sports, Aerobics or Adventure/Outdoor Education. 

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for elementary physical education have been developed from three broad-based goals designed to assist students in acquiring content knowledge, in developing positive attitudes, and in making connections among physical education, health and other aspects of social life. In physical education, students acquire skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, and access to a physically active lifestyle. The three basic strands for the physical education curriculum are summarized below.

  • Movement: The student demonstrates competency in fundamental movement patterns, applies movement concepts to the learning and development of motor skills.
  • Physical Activity and Health: The student exhibits a physically active lifestyle, knows the benefits of daily physical activity and understands and applies safety practices associated with physical activities.
  • Social Development: The student understands basic components of games, sports, dance and gymnastics and develops positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others in physical activity settings.

By reflecting on physical activity and movement skills, students understand their role in society and are able to participate successfully in a diverse culture. Students analyze and evaluate movement activities while developing criteria for making critical judgments and informed choices.