New York State Physical Education Learning Standards

Standard 1: Personal Health and Fitness

  • Students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity, and maintain personal health.

    Students will:

    1. perform basic motor and manipulative skills. They will attain competency in a variety of physical activities and proficiency in a few select complex motor and sports activities.
    2. design personal fitness programs to improve cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, and body composition.


    • demonstrate proficiency in selected complex physical activities (games, sports, exercises) that provide conditioning for each fitness area
    • establish and maintain a high level of skilled performance, demonstrate mastery of fundamental movement forms and skills that can contribute to daily living tasks, and analyze skill activities
    • make physical activity an important part of their life and recognize such consequent benefits as self-renewal, greater productivity as a worker, more energy for family activities, and reduction in health care costs
    • use the basic principles of skill analysis to improve previously acquired skills and to continue to learn new skills and activities
    • know the components of personal wellness (nutrition and weight control, disease prevention, stress management, safety, and physical fitness), establish a personal profile with fitness/wellness goals, and engage in appropriate activities to improve or sustain their fitness
    • follow a program that relates to wellness, including weight control and stress management
    • demonstrate competence in leading and participating in group activities

Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment

  • Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

     Students will:

    1. demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activity. They will understand that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and communication.
    2. be able to identify safety hazards and react effectively to ensure a safe and positive experience for all participants.

    Commencement Level

    • know the potential safety hazards associated with a wide variety of games and activities and are able to prevent and respond to accidents
    • demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activities
    • accept physical activity as an important part of life. Self-renewal, productivity as a worker, energy for family activities, fitness, weight control, stress management, and reduction in health-care costs are understood as benefits of physical activity
    • create a positive climate for group activities by assuming a variety of roles
    • understand the physical, social, and emotional benefits of physical activity and can demonstrate leadership and problem solving through participation in organized games or activities

Standard 3: Resource Management

  • Students understand and be able to manage their personal and community resources

    Students will:

    1. will be aware of and able to access opportunities available to them within their community to engage in physical activity.
    2. be informed consumers and be able to evaluate facilities and programs.
    3. be aware of some career options in the field of physical fitness and sports

    Commencement Level

    • recognize their role as concerned and discriminating consumers of physical activities programs and understand the importance of physical activity as a resource for everyone regardless of age or ability
    • recognize the benefits of engaging in appropriate physical activities with others, including both older and younger members of the community
    • identify a variety of career opportunities associated with sports and fitness and understand the qualifications, educational requirements, and job responsibilities of those careers