In this lesson, you will learn about the NASPE standards and how they are applied in grades K-12. You will also gain an understanding of how these standards help prepare kids for participation in physical activity throughout their lives.
What Is the NASPE?
Physical activity is critical to the development and maintenance of good health. Physical education programs offer kids an opportunity to develop their bodies and to gain skills that will increase their physical ability, fitness, self-responsibility, and enjoyment of physical activity. This means that they can at least know how to stay healthy and fit throughout their lives.
The National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a member-based organization that supports quality physical education, sports, and physical activity programs. The NASPE developed physical education standards that outline what children should be able to do as a result of a physical education program. In addition, the NASPE recommends that elementary school students receive 150 minutes of physical education each week, and that middle and high school students receive 225 minutes per week.
The NASPE standards state that students who have gone through physical education in kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school be able to successfully fulfill certain standards by the end of 12th grade. These standards are:
- Exhibit proficiency in a variety of age-appropriate movement skills and tasks.
- Be able to apply knowledge of learned abilities to daily activities and organized sports.
- Show learned behavior necessary to participate in physical activity and maintain fitness into adulthood.
- Be able to demonstrate respect for others in addition to respect for self.
- Understand and appreciate the perceived benefits of regular physical activity, such as improved quality of life.
In addition to the standards we just looked at a moment ago, students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels who are exposed to the NASPE standards should be able to achieve grade-level-specific physical education results.
Once kids finish primary school, they should be competent in basic motor skills. They should also possess basic movement concepts and be able to identify a number of simple fitness concepts. At the end of fifth grade, kids should be able to understand the benefits of a physically active lifestyle.
Before moving on to high school, middle school students should be able to apply learned skills in a variety of games and sports in addition to demonstrating mastery of basic motor and movement skills in a number of different settings and environments. Students in this age group should also be able to participate in self-guided physical activities, collaborate with other classmates, and be accepting to their classmates' talents and abilities. They should also be actively engaged in physical activity that fits their personality and that they enjoy, like being on the swim team or being a part of the football team.
By the time students are graduating high school, they should be able to demonstrate the ability to design and participate in a physical fitness program. They should also be able to show a level of competency in at least two activities that they'll stick with, while being accountable for their actions when physically active. They should be participating in physical activities that challenge them but also that fit their own personalities, that they enjoy, and that promote social interaction.
In summary, the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is an organization that promotes quality physical education, physical activity, and sports programs. The NASPE developed physical education standards that all students should be able to fulfill by time they're ready to graduate. High school students should be able to exhibit proficiency in a variety of movement skills and tasks, apply knowledge acquired through physical education to organized sports and daily activities, demonstrate learned behavior necessary to engage in physical activity into adulthood, show respect for themselves and others, and appreciate the benefits of regular physical activity.