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Bring Quality PE to Your School District

In “Quality PE” classes:

  • Children are active at least 80% of the time
  • Instruction and class logistics ensure a positive experience for children
  • Health and fitness education is integrated into the physical education setting

The guidelines around Quality PE address three major points:

  • Opportunity to Learn:

    Instructional periods totaling 150 minutes per week (elementary) and 225 minutes per week (middle and secondary school)

    Qualified physical education specialist providing a developmentally appropriate program

    Adequate equipment and facilities
  • Meaningful Content:

    Instruction in a variety of motor skills to enhance the physical, mental, and social/emotional development of every child

    Fitness education and assessment to help children understand, improve and/or maintain their physical well-being

    Development of cognitive concepts about motor skill and fitness

    Opportunities to improve their emerging social and cooperative skills and gain a multi-cultural perspective

    Promotion of regular amounts of appropriate physical activity now and throughout life

  • Appropriate Instruction:

    Full inclusion of all students

    Maximum practice opportunities for class activities

    Well-designed lessons that facilitate student learning

    Out of school assignments that support learning and practice

    No physical activity for punishment

    Uses regular assessment to monitor and reinforce student learning

Lisa Rakoz, Program Supervisor for Health and Fitness Education in the Washington Office for the Superintendent of Public Instruction, conducts Quality PE workshops around the state on assessments, instructional strategies, implementation of the health and fitness standards, and appropriate practices for quality health and fitness education.

In "Quality PE," teachers use appropriate practices to form teams quickly and efficiently. This is different from the time-consuming practice of letting team captains choose members, which can make children selected last feel left out,

Trainings are free and provide clock hours for teachers. They focus on health and fitness standards and assessments, as well as appropriate PE practices.

To find out where OSPI will offer workshops in 2011, bookmark this page.


Office for the Superintendent of Public Education


OSPI 22 Health and Fitness AssessmentsNational Association for Sport and
Physical Education (NASPE)
National Standards
National Guidelines
Position Statements
Appropriate Uses of Fitness Measurement [pdf]
Eligibility Criteria for Adapted Physical Education Services, 2010 [pdf]
Physical Activity Used as Punishment and/or Behavior Management, 2009 [pdf]
A Philosophical Position on Physical Activity and Fitness for Physical Activity Professionals, 2009 [pdf]
NASPE Code of Ethics for Professionals in Higher Education, 2009 [pdf]
Appropriate Use of Instructional Technology in Physical Education, 2009 [pdf]

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