Vermont Adopts National Physical Education, Health Standards



Sat, 06/06/2015 – 3:56am —

“These standards for health education and physical education will empower Vermont educators to use the current best practices in development of proficiency-based instruction and assessment for learning. Furthermore, this move allows Vermont educators to use national resources,” said Lindsay Simpson, physical education coordinator with Vermont Agency of Education.

Kate McCord, physical education teacher at Rutland Intermediate School commented, “Adopting the national standards is another piece of evidence that Vermont physical educators are making significant advances and leading the way toward a proficiency-based education system. The national standards will help students become physically literate as they learn why physical activity is crucial to keep the body and mind healthy, and encourage students to participate in sport and recreation over the course of their lifetime.”

“These standards emphasize skills-based learning and are in better alignment with the transferrable skills,” said Donna McAllister, health education consultant with the Vermont Agency of Education. She noted in her presentation that the majority of Vermont health and physical educators already use these standards.

Krystal Norton, health educator at BFA St. Albans, said, “As we focus on learning proficiency, these eight standards with age appropriate performance indicators make developing curriculum, defining proficiency, and assessing student achievement that much easier and consistent.”

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