Vermont Physical Education Grade Cluster Expectations Overview

Educators from around the state, with the help of The Vermont Institutes, developed Vermont Physical Education Grade Cluster Expectations as a means to identify the physical education content knowledge and skills expected of all students for local assessment required under Act 68. This work was accomplished using  the Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, Vermont curricula, national standard documents, National Association of Sports and Physical Education Standards, state standard documents, and current research as resources.

Physical Education GEs are not intended to represent the full Physical Education curriculum for instruction at each grade cluster. GEs are meant to capture the essential learning elements that can be assessed locally. In other words, the GEs are a guide to assessment and should not “narrow” the curriculum for instructional purposes.

The twelve Physical Education GCEs are written to address four areas of learning.  The four areas listed below will be the categories which your child will be assessed on during P.E class.

  • Knowledge/Motor Skills
  • Physical Fitness
  • Affective Qualities
  • Social Interaction

GE1:  Students will apply problem-solving skills in movement -related activities

GE2:  Students will show an understanding of body awareness concepts

GE3:  Students show an understanding of space concepts

GE4:  Students show an understanding of quality movement concepts and apply them to psycho-motor

GE5:  Students demonstrate competency in a variety of skills used in dance, gymnastics, sports, and other physical activities

GE6:  Students demonstrate proficiency (Not Applicable to K-6)

GE7:  Students show competency in aquatic activities and survival skills when facilities allow

GE8:  Students show knowledge of four health related fitness components (cardio- respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, and body composition) and identify a variety of activities to develop each component

GE 9:  Students show awareness of personal responsibility for individual

GE 10:  Students promote individual success and self-confidence

GE 11:  Students show safe behavior for self and others

GE 12:  Students show appropriate social interactions

Vermont Grade Expectations for PE

National Standards for Physical Education

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.

Report Card PE

Units of Instruction

Unit Plans

Lesson Plan Template










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