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Physical Education Learning Standards

New York State Physical Education Learning Standards, adopted 2020


In 2018, New York State (NYS) began a process of review and revision of its current physical education standards adopted in 1996. The New York State Physical Education Learning Standards were developed through numerous phases of virtual and face-to-face meetings with committees consisting of NYS educators, parents, curriculum specialists, school administrators, and college professors.  Revisions, additions, instructional alignment, and clarifications to the current physical education standards reflect the collaborative efforts and expertise of all the above constituents. These standards are the framework for the development of knowledge, skills, and social emotional learning that enables students to transition to being healthy, physically literate adults.

Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) UPDATED

Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

Standard 2: Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.

Standard 3: Demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.

Standard 4: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.

Standard 5: Recognizes the value of physical activity for overall wellness, enjoyment, challenge, and/or self-expression.

Standard 6: Recognizes career opportunities and manages personal and community resources related to physical activity and fitness to achieve and maintain overall wellness.

The NYS Physical Education Learning Standards (2020)

Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) at a Glance

The NYS Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) at a Glance provide the progression of physical education learning standards across grade levels from prekindergarten through high school.

Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) Implementation Roadmap and Timeline

The New York State Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) Implementation Roadmap is a document prepared by the State Education Department to assist educators’ transition to fully implement the new physical education learning standards.  The Roadmap’s goals and activities were developed by the State Education Department in collaboration with various local school districts and stakeholders to ensure that all New York State schools would be equipped to implement the NYS Physical Education Learning Standards (2020).  The overall timeline for the implementation is as follows:

  • Phase I: Raise Awareness (Fall 2020 – Fall 2021): Training on the new standards; awareness of the rollout timeline; statewide collaboration with the BOCES, school districts, professional organizations, and higher education
  • Phase II: Build Capacity (Fall 2021 – Fall 2023): Guidance for local programs and curriculum development and additional standards resources and training
  • Phase III: Full Implementation (Fall 2023 – ongoing): Full implementation of new standards

Implementation Roadmap and Timeline

Implementation Resources

Physical Education Learning Standards (1996)

Standard 1 - Personal Health and Fitness

Students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity, and maintain personal health.

Standard 2 - A Safe and Healthy Environment

Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

Standard 3 - Resource Management

Students will understand and be able to manage their personal and community resources.


NYS PE Learning Standards 1996