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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.

Interim Physical Education Consultant: Mary Teachout (517) 335-1730


What's New?

• Model Policy on Quality Physical Education and Physical Activity in Schools - Approved November 20, 2012 PDF icon

• Michigan Merit Curriculum: Recommended Test-Out Procedures for Physical Education Class New Item PDF icon

• Promoting Elementary Physical Education: Results of a School-Based Evaluation Study PDF icon

• Evaluation of the Michigan Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum: Final Report PDF icon

• Physical Education GLCE Overview PDF icon

• 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.

Curriculum and Instruction

• New Physical Education Standards and Benchmarks

• Michigan Physical Education Content Standards Comparison Chart PDF icon

• Teaching, Responding, and Communicating Inclusive Physical Education PDF icon 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 PDF icon 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 Physical Education K-8 Grade Level Content Expectations and Guidelines.

• New Michigan Merit High School Graduation Requirements. 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: .

• Policy on Quality Physical Education PDF icon


• President's Challenge The 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 PDF icon 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 PDF icon

• Qualified Teachers of Physcial EducationA new, revised version of the document will be available soon.

• The Michigan Department of Education's Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) has two main areas of expertise:Teacher Certification
Professional Preparation and Development

• To check the status of your certification: Educator License Verification

Links and Materials

• Obesity Fact Sheets These 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, 1991-2003 A report based on data from the 1991-2003 national Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS)

• Michigan Parent Teacher Student Association Supports Quality Physical Education PDF icon

• Physical Education Listserv PDF icon Join the Michigan Department of Education's Physical Education listserv to receive quarterly updates on physical education.

• US Obesity Trends 1985-2000 National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Information

• Healthy Weight Report PDF icon

• The President's Challenge: Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program

• Body Mass Index In children and teens, body mass index is used to assess underweight, overweight, and risk for overweight.

Professional Development

• Teacher Standards for Physical Education - State Board of Education, April 2000. PDF icon

• AAHPERD: American Alliance for Physical Education Recreation and Dance

• MAHPERD Calendar of Events

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