Every day, students make decisions affecting their health and well-being: what foods to eat; what company to keep; what risks to take; and what to do for an active lifestyle. These decisions often lead to habits that stay with them throughout life. The Health Education and Physical Education Standards and performance indicators represent the essential knowledge and skills students need to be healthy and fit individuals. These standards guide instruction that will help students make better decisions about their health and set them up for being physically literate and health literate for a lifetime. Through achievement of these standards, students learn that their decisions can affect their health and set a pattern for their lives. Students also learn to protect their health by acquiring reliable information, building skills, seeking good advice and friendships, and taking responsibility for their own wellness which contributes to a healthy, active, balanced approach to life.
With that in mind, the health education and physical education learning results are comprised of an introduction and nine standards (Health Concepts, Health information/Products and Services, Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, Influences on Health, Communication and Advocacy Skills, Decision-making and Goal-setting Skills, Movement/ Motor Skills and Knowledge, Physical Fitness Activities and Knowledge, Personal and Social Skills and Knowledge). Each standard then includes performance indicators and some include descriptors by grade bands (PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-Diploma).
Standards Review Process
(Fall)Commissioner gives approval to begin standards review process
(Fall)Public comment period and hearings on current content standards
(Winter)Steering Committee: A committee of content area experts who represent the cultural diversity found in Maine and a range of viewpoints as to the content of the standards is formed and tasked to: