Health and Physical Education

Health Education

The purpose of health education is to positively influence the health behavior of individuals and communities as well as the living and working conditions that influence their health. Health education improves the health status of individuals, families, communities, states, and the nation.

Health Standards, Assessments and Graduation Requirements
All school districts in Minnesota are required to identify standards, benchmarks, curriculum and assessments in health education. All students must receive instruction in health education K-8, or by district-determined grade bands. High school students must receive instruction in health education at least once. The amount of credit and graduation requirement is determined at the district level.

The Minnesota Department of Education recommends that districts utilize the National Health Education Standards (NHES). These standards establish, promote and support health-enhancing behaviors for students in all grade levels, K-12. They provide a framework for teachers, administrators and policymakers in designing and selecting curriculum and instructional resources, and in assessing student achievement. The NHES are behavior based, with health education content integrated across each standard.

The National Health Education Standards and Minnesota Benchmarks were developed by the Minnesota Department of Education to serve as a guide for districts for locally developed standards providing sample grade-specific benchmarks for K-12 health education. 

For more information about Health Education, contact Mary Thissen-Milder.

Physical Education

The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual:

  • Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities;
  • Knows the implications and the benefits of involvement in various types of physical activities;
  • Participates regularly in physical activity;
  • Is physically fit;
  • Values physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle. 

New! Physical Education 2019-20 Workshop Schedule Released

The Minnesota Department of Education is offering its' second year of regional trainings across the state regarding the 2018 Minnesota Physical Education Standards.  There will be 2 "catch-up" workshops offered for those teachers who were unable to attend the year 1 workshops and 12 Year 2 Regional opportunities.  The first year provided an introduction to the standards and initiated the curriculum review process.  The second year workshops continue with curriculum design, with an emphasis on best practices in assessments and standards-based grading.  Get more information, training dates and registration process.

Physical Education Sample Assessments

As requested by the Minnesota State Legislature (Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.021), the Minnesota Department of Education has released some sample assessments for measuring student performance aligned with the 2018 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Physical Education and Grade-Level Benchmarks. These user-friendly sample assessments allow teachers to measure performance and knowledge across all five state physical education standards. Teachers can use them as they are, modify them to fit a curriculum, or use them to create an original assessment that is more appropriate for the school’s teaching environment and needs. To download the documents, select the desired grade span:
                Elementary School (grades K-5) Physical Education Sample Assessments
                Middle School (grades 6-8) Physical Education Sample Assessments
                High School (grades 9-12) Physical Education Sample Assessments


Physical Education Standards, Assessments and Graduation Requirements

2010 Minnesota Academic Standards in Physical Education
All school districts in Minnesota are required to implement the Minnesota 2010 Physical Education Standards, and develop their own grade-level benchmarks, curriculum and assessments to meet them. All students must receive instruction in physical education K-8. High school students must receive instruction in physical education at least once. The amount of credit and graduation requirement is determined at the district level. See the Minnesota 2010 Physical Education Standards with Sample Benchmarks and Activities document below for guidance.

2018 Minnesota Academic Standards in Physical Education

The Minnesota Department of Education released the official 2018 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Physical Education document on February 1, 2018. The standards are to be fully implemented in all Minnesota school districts by the 2021-22 school year. Full implementation of the 2018 Minnesota Academic Standards in Physical Education is defined as:

  • By the 2021-22 school year, instruction in physical education in grades K-8 must include all the 2018 Minnesota physical education standards and grade-level benchmarks.
  • Instruction at the high school level must include all the 2018 Minnesota physical education standards and grade-level benchmarks for grades 9-12 beginning with the 2021-22 freshman (9th grade) class.
  • All school districts are required to develop assessments to ensure students are meeting the benchmarks.

Get more information on the physical education standards implementation

For more information about Physical Education, contact Mary Thissen-Milder.
 

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