Physical education helps students develop the knowledge, fitness levels, motor skills, and personal and social skills to obtain the ultimate goal of a lifetime of physical activity and health. All children, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, should participate in quality physical education classes every school day. A quality physical education program should include curriculum aligned instruction and assessment and an opportunity for all to learn.
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- Model Policy on Quality Physical Education and Physical Activity in Schools - Approved November 20, 2012
- Michigan Merit Curriculum: Recommended Test-Out Procedures for Physical Education Class
- Promoting Elementary Physical Education: Results of a School-Based Evaluation Study
- Evaluation of the Michigan Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum: Final Report
- Physical Education GLCE Overview
- Approved Physical Education Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE), Companion Documents, and PowerPoints.
- Approved Revised Michigan Merit High School Credit Guidelines for Physical Education, Companion Documents, and PowerPoints.
- Michigan Physical Education Content Standards Comparison Chart
- Teaching, Responding, and Communicating Inclusive Physical Education A resource from North Carolina's Department of Education on creating quality, inclusive physical education and physical activity for all students.
- Michigan Public Pool Safety Guidelines for Schools The guidelines were created to help clarify pool safety requirements for schools. Topics addressed in this document include lifeguard requirements, safety equipment, and poolside safety.
- New Michigan High School Graduation Requirements. Clarification of the one credit for physical education and health . Michigan Merit Curriculum FAQ for Health and Physical Education. More information on the new graduation requirements can be found at: http://www.michigan.gov/highschool .
- Policy on Quality Physical Education
- President's ChallengeThe Physical Fitness Program helps assess the current fitness level of youth ages 6-17 and includes five events that measure muscular strength/endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, speed, agility, and flexibility.
- NASPE Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) developed the Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool which identifies the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to provide sound instruction in the K-12 physical education classroom. The tool was created to assist principals, school district curriculum specialists, and those who evaluate physical education teachers. It may also be used to guide physical education teachers in reflection and self-assessment and serve as an educational tool in college/university physical education teacher preparation programs.
- Appropriate Instructional Assignments for Elementary Certified Teachers
- A new, revised version of the document will be available soon.
- Teacher Certification
Professional Preparation and Development
- Obesity Fact SheetsThese fact sheets contain results from weighted Youth Risk behavior Survey (YRBS) and School Health Profiles data related to obesity among youth.
- Participation in High School Physical Education - United States, 1991-2003A report based on data from the 1991-2003 national Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS)
- Michigan Parent Teacher Student Association Supports Quality Physical Education
- Physical Education Listserv Join the Michigan Department of Education's Physical Education listserv to receive quarterly updates on physical education.
- US Obesity Trends 1985-2000National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Information
- Healthy Weight Report
- The President's Challenge: Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program
- Body Mass IndexIn children and teens, body mass index is used to assess underweight, overweight, and risk for overweight.