Physical Education - Standards

Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Education in Chicago Ridge District 127.5

The Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health were developed using National Standards for Physical Education, National Health Education Standards, the 1985 State Goals for Physical Development and Health, and other states' standards and local outcomes from Illinois school districts.

A state report released in August 2013 calls for new benchmarks and strategies to improve and increase physical education classes, noting the latest neuroscience research linking physical activity with improved academic performance. State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch and Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Department of Public Health, co-chaired the Illinois Enhance Physical Education (P.E.) Task Force, which developed the 148-page report that has been submitted to Gov. Pat Quinn, the Illinois State General Assembly, and health organizations and community groups interested in turning the tide of childhood obesity and improving health for all students. (

Physical Education Model Content Standards for Illinois Public School 

State Goal 19:  Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to engage in health-enhancing physical activity.

State Goal 20:  Achieve and maintain a healthy-enhancing level of physical fitness based upon continual self-assessment.

State Goal 21:  Develop team building skills by working with others through physical activity.

State Goal 22:  Understanding principles of health promotion and the prevention and treatment of illness and injury.

State Goal 23: Understand human body systems and factors that influence growth and development.

State Goal 24:  Promote and enhance health and well-being through the use of effective communication and decision-making skills.

NASPE Standards (National Association for Sport and Physical Education)


National Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

National Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply them to the learning and performance of physical activities.

National Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.                                                                  

National Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

National Standard 5:  Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior, that respect self and others in physical activity settings.

National Standard 6: Demonstrates understanding of and respect for differences among people in physical activity settings.

National Standard 7: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.