• Georgia Physical Education Standards

    What are Standards?

    Standards are statements that define what students should know and be able to do upon completion of specific levels of instruction as well as how they will respond to their environment. Standards serve as a guide for excellence and are differentiated from minimum competencies or outcomes because they describe the challenging goals for expanding and improving education.

    The Benefits of Standards:

    NASPE has offered a description of the benefits that are derived from having standards for physical education. NASPE states in its standards document, Moving Into the Future (2004) (1). “A significant benefit to physical education offered through the delineation of a comprehensive set of standards and accompanying assessments is that they combat the uninformed idea that physical education is an “academically soft” area of study. The standards essentially say that physical education has academic standing. They say there is such a thing as achievement, that knowledge and skills matter, and that mere willing participation is not the same as education”.

    How are Standards to be Used?

    The purpose of developing these standards at the state level is to better serve schools and the local community in the process of curriculum development. Curriculum development is a local issue and may differ from school to school while the standards remain the same for all schools in this state.


    • PEK.1 The physically educated student demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
    • PEK.2 The physically educated student applies the knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
    • PEK.3 The physically educated student demonstrates knowledge and skills to help achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
    • PEK.4The physically educated student exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
    • PEK.5 The physically educated student recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.