Standards and Outcomes Updates

June 12, 2020

We continually get requests about the status of the proposed Academic Standards and Outcomes for Health and Physical Education. The members of the Standards and Outcomes Committee fully understand that many HPE departments are in their curriculum writing cycles and desperately need updated academic standards and outcomes. PSAHPERD’s Advocacy Committee is in the process of making an appeal to PDE and the PA Board of Education to consider a few other options to make the proposed standards and outcomes available to you even though they are not officially approved. Also, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and their ambitious plans, the Science Committee has completed their preliminary work and is on, or slightly ahead of, schedule. That is good news for HPE!

We have previously provided some preliminary information about the proposed HPE S&O and have shared another piece of information below:

  • There are planned outcomes for each and every grade level, unlike SHAPE America where they combine Grades 9 through 12 and specify two levels.
If you have any other questions about the status of the S&O for HPE, please contact Dr. Cindy Allen for Health questions ([email protected] ) and/or Jeff Jacobs for Physical Education questions ([email protected]).

February 11, 2020​   

Additional Information for Release Regarding the Proposed PA Academic Standards and Outcomes for Health and Physical Education
  1. The Physical Education Standards are the same ones from SHAPE America; however, the Outcomes are revised, rewritten, reorganized, etc. They are aligned with the PECAT developed by the CDC.
  2. The Benchmark years will remain consistent with the current Standards – Grades 3, 6, 9, 12. This is different than the SHAPE America Benchmark years.
  3. The Health Standards are from the National Health Education Standards with the learning outcomes aligned with the HECAT tool developed by the CDC.

February 1, 2020

PSAHPERD would like to provide you with an update on the status of the proposed PA Academic Standards for Health and Physical Education. We are aware that many of you are in your curriculum writing cycle and desperately need updated Standards and Outcomes as the current ones from 2002 are antiquated.

The Standards and Outcomes Committee have been working diligently and has completed the final drafts for both the proposed Academic Health and Physical Education Standards. The next step is to have them proceed through the official review process before being approved and publicly released. 

PSAHPERD’s Advocacy Committee has been trying to move this along as quickly as possible. On January 8th, members of the Committee spoke at the PA State Board of Education meeting to stress the many critical reasons this needs to happen. The Board was very receptive, understands our concerns, and even asked to see the final drafts.

However, as the next priority in their master plan, the Board is in the beginning stages of updating the Science-Technology-Environmental-Ecology Academic Standards and Outcomes. Health and Physical Education should follow upon the completion of these.

We have supporters in both PDE and on the Board of Education who truly recognize the importance of our request. We will continue to monitor the progress of the proposed Academic Standards and Outcomes for Health and Physical Education and will continue to speak up when and where appropriate.  

Please feel free to share this information with your administrators especially those who are responsible for curriculum and instruction in your school district.

  1. The Physical Education Standards are the same ones from SHAPE America; however, the Outcomes are revised, rewritten, reorganized, etc. They are aligned with the PECAT developed by the CDC.
  2. The Benchmark years will remain consistent with the current Standards – Grades 3, 6, 9, 12.  This is different than the SHAPE America Benchmark years.
  3. The Health Standards are from the National Health Education Standards with the learning outcomes aligned with the HECAT tool developed by CDC.