Standards and Instruction - Physical Education

As part of the Maine Department of Education’s commitment to supporting schools in the delivery of effective K-12 physical education instructional programs, this page provides resources to support implementation of Maine’s new physical education standards. The 2007 MLRs had 3 standards and 11 performance indicators while the April 2022 MLRs have 5 standards and 19 performance expectations. The State's physical education standards are part of the Health Education and Physical Education Standards in the Maine Learning Results.

Physical literacy is being emphasized to provide students with a variety of skills and knowledge to be active for a lifetime. Students who participate in quality physical education on a regular basis understand the benefits of physical activity and how it contributes to a lifetime commitment to an active lifestyle.

  • Maine's Physical Education Standards. The physical education standards and performance indicators for grades prekindergarten through 12 are included in the Maine Learning Results.
  • National Physical Education Standards:  SHAPE America's National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education define what a student should know and be able to do as result of a highly effective physical education program. 

Note: The National Physical Education Standards are under going revision at this time with SHAPE America.


Jean Zimmerman
Health Education & Physical Education Specialist

Coordinated School Health Team/Office of School and Student Supports