National Standards

NOTE: The following standards and accompanying artifacts reflect the 2008 National Initial Physical Education Teacher Education Standards. For the newly adapted PETE standards, please visit

Physical activity is critical to the development and maintenance of good health. The goal of physical education is to develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

A physically educated person:

Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

Participates regularly in physical activity.

Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

Moving into the Future: National Standards for Physical Education, 2nd Edition (2004)