Physical Education Content Standards And Benchmarks

Michigan Department of Education

July, 1998


Physical Education is a sequential educational program that provides students with the knowledge, skills, fitness and attitudes necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle.

A physically educated person who participates in health-enhancing physical activity:

  • Demonstrates competence in selected motor skills;
  • Assesses, achieves and maintains physical fitness;
  • Applies cognitive concepts in making wise lifestyle choices; and
  • Exhibits appropriate personal-social character traits while participating in physical activity.

Content Standards

All students will:

Motor Skills

1. demonstrate selected fundamental locomotor skills;

2. demonstrate selected fundamental object control skills;

3. demonstrate selected postural, nonlocomotor and body control (movement) skills;

4. demonstrate selected fundamental rhythmic al skills;

Physical Fitness

5. participate successfully in selected health-enhancing, lifelong physical activities;

6. develop and maintain healthy levels of cardiorespiratory endurance;

7. develop and maintain healthy levels of muscular strength and endurance;

8. develop and maintain healthy levels of flexibility of selected joints of the body;

9. develop and maintain healthy levels of body composition;

Cognitive Concepts




Cognitive Concepts Con’t

10. apply the concepts of body awareness, time, space, direction and force to movement;

11. explain and apply the essential steps in learning motor skills;

12. describe the effects of activity and inactivity and formulate examples of lifestyle choices that result in the development and maintenance of health-related fitness;

Personal and Social Character Traits

13. demonstrate appropriate behavior related to selected personal/social character traits that commonly emerge in a physical activity context; and

14. value physical activity and its contribution to lifelong health and well-being.