How is My Child Graded in Elementary PE?

Students are graded each quarter in the following areas:
1. Participation*
2. Listening & Following Directions
3. Sportsmanship
4. Age Appropriate Skills** (based on NASPE standards-see below)
These four areas are informally assessed daily and formally assessed 1-2 times per quarter.

*A pattern of shoe tying problems does impact participation grade. Please work with your child on their shoe tying so they can participate fully in PE.
**Skills being taught and assessed vary from quarter to quarter. It is not uncommon for skills grades to fluctuate each quarter based on student's skill level in different activities.

NASPE National Standards for Physical Education

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.

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 of and the benefits from 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.


Standard 1: The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns. 

Standard 2: The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance. 

Standard 3: The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

Standard 4: The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

Standard 5: The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

Perform. Apply. Maintain. Respect. Value. 


Purpose of the National Standards Document

Standards Provide the Framework for a Quality Physical Education Program

What is worth teaching and learning in physical education? The national content standards define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a quality physical education program. They provide a framework for developing realistic and achievable expectations for student performance at every grade level. These expectations are the first step in designing an instructionally aligned program.


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