Health and PE Standards

Student on climbing wall

The Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) adopted new state standards for health and PE in 2016. The state’s responsibility is to determine learning standards in many curricular areas. Standards are broad statements about what students should know and be able to do. They are required to be taught in public schools. An example of a health standard is “Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.”

During the 2016-17 school year, school districts were tasked with determining how they would implement these standards. Districts, schools and teachers determine grade-level outcomes. Grade-level outcomes (or student learning outcomes) described in the standards are optional for schools and teachers. They give examples of what more specific instruction might look like. An example of a health outcome is “understand germs can cause diseases.” Optional grade-level outcomes on “self-identity” were included in the new health standards as a way to promote understanding and respect for a wide variety of students and families. More and more districts each year are asking how they can support students who identify as lesbian, gay or transgender.

In the Northshore School District, a committee of K-12 PE/Health teachers was formed to determine grade level outcomes to meet the state learning standards.  Community input on determined outcomes was gathered through a series of five evening meetings in the spring of 2017. The feedback was shared with the committee and received approval of the determined outcomes by the district administration in May 2017.

The 2017-18 school year is the first year to work toward implementation of the standards. The district standards of focus for each grade level are available for viewing by grade level in the left-hand navigation or at all elementary buildings.

Please contact Niki Arnold-Smith, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at with questions or for additional information.