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Physical Education Curriculum

Physical Education Standards Continuum

The Aurora Public Schools proficiency and benchmark system has been revised to match the new National Standards for Physical Education from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). This document represents a compilation of the national standards. These six standards define what a student should know and be able to do.

  • Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
  • Participates regularly in physical activity.
  • Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
  • Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expressions and/or social interaction.

The document is organized by standards. Performance outcomes represent how student behavior demonstrates progress toward achieving the standard at each grade-level range. These are described in the benchmarks.

The Rationale section explains the purpose/outcome of each standard. Benchmarks are written in grade bands and indicate the performance level the student is to attain by the end of that grade band. Grades K-2 is one grade band. The benchmarks typically changes at grade 3 and remain consistent through grade 5. Grades 6-8 will work toward the same benchmark; likewise, there are 9-12 benchmarks. The benchmarks are shaded, and the performance expectations is indicated below the benchmark (e.g., 2.1a refers to Standard 2, Benchmark 2, Performance indicator/objective a).

Grade level performance objectives are written for each grade level or across multiple grade levels. All grade levels may not have an objective written for a particular benchmark indicating it is not taught and assessed at that grade level. Objectives are to be assessed by the teacher using various types of performance assessments. Each grade level assessment framework is dependent on the learnings from previous grades. To be certain students meet the objectives for that grade level, teachers are to plan instruction based upon the objectives in the continuum and the pacing guide.

The pacing guides indicate the concepts and big ideas linked to specific standards and benchmarks, and specify the time frame needed for instruction.

The initial implementation will be guided practice. During this guided practice of the new physical education curriculum, the curriculum council will collect data regarding the pacing guide, the standards, and the performance expectations. Revisions will be made to reflect those changes that lead to best practices for all students. Please contact any of the council members with your feedback.

National Standards for Physical Education are listed at the following website:


The Aurora Public Schools Physical Education Curriculum will be based upon the five health-related fitness components. Muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, cardio-respiratory endurance, and body composition will be analyzed throughout the curriculum to demonstrate student achievement and growth.

The fitness section of the curriculum guide will present the required Fitnessgram® assessments along with several other supplemental assessments.

In planning for each unit, it is important for each teacher to incorporate the following items in the instructional input for beginning students and review each item for intermediate and advanced students:

  • Safety
  • Health-related fitness components
  • Skill-related fitness components
  • Equipment management and care
  • Terminology specific to each unit
  • Brief history of the activity
  • Rules and strategies applied during competition
  • Etiquette and sportsmanship

APS Physical Education Posters

The following posters are available from APS Print Services.
Cost for laminated posters is $3.75 for 18"x24", $6.50 for 24"x36"

Contact Lavonne Tetrault, 303-344-8060 x 28048

These may also be downloaded and printed for bulletin boad use.

Fitness Gram      
Fitnessgram Stds
for Boys
Fitnessgram Stds
for Girls
State PE Standards      

Standard 1

Standard 2 



Standard 3


Standard 4


National PE Standards      
Ed Standards
(All 6)
Physical Ed
Standard #1
Physical Ed
Standard #2
Physical Ed
Standard #3
Physical Ed
Standard #4
Physical Ed
Standard #5
Physical Ed
Standard #6
Elementary Pacing
Guide (1st Qtr)
Elementary Pacing
Guide (2nd Qtr)
Elementary Pacing
Guide (3rd Qtr)
Elementary Pacing
Guide (4th Qtr)
Middle School Pacing
Guide (1st Qtr)
Middle School Pacing
Guide (2nd Qtr)
Middle School Pacing
Guide (3rd Qtr)
Middle School Pacing
Guide (4th Qtr)

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