Academic standards list

Grades 9-12 — Tennessee Physical Education Standards


Academic standards define the expectations for knowledge and skills that students are to learn in a subject by a certain age or at the end of a school grade level. This page contains a list of standards for a specific content area, grade level, and/or course. The list of standards may be structured using categories and sub-categories.

Motor Skills

Games, Sports, & Lifetime Activities
Demonstrate competency in activity specific manipulative skills (e.g., throwing, catching, kicking, striking, etc.) or sport specific skills (e.g. serve,
Demonstrate game specific strategies by combining skills (e.g., softball throw to base, volleyball set to hitter, soccer pass to teammate, etc.).
Execute sport skills or strategies in response to the opponent (e.g., running routes, player positioning, guarding).
Demonstrate offensive skills and strategies during game play.
Demonstrate defensive skills and strategies during game play.
Component extension: Student-designed games, officiating, biomechanical principles, coaching tactics.
Fitness & Lifetime Activities
Engage in specialized skills in health-related fitness activities (e.g., yoga, resistance training, fitness walking).
Apply the principles of training to enhance an individual's current level of fitness (e.g., F.I.T.T.,overload, specificity, progression).
Component extension: Race training, exergaming, high intensity interval training (HIIT).
Dance, Rhythms, & Lifetime Activities
Demonstrate rhythmical or choreographed steps (i.e., jumping rope, aerobic dance, line dance, educational gymnastics routine).
Demonstrate a continuous dance sequence while synchronized with group or continuous jump pattern to music/verse.
Component extension: Choreograph a dance, give a performance, free style.
Aquatics & Lifetime Activities (Optional)
Demonstrate aquatic skills (e.g., floating, rhythmic breathing, kicking, treading water).
Demonstrate swimming strokes (e.g., freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke).
Component extension: Life-saving skills, diving, synchronized swimming.
Outdoor Pursuits & Lifetime Activities (Optional)
Demonstrate essential skills (e.g., all-terrain walking, strength, balance, climbing).
Apply specialized skills (e.g., hiking, orienteering, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking).
Component extension: Plan an outdoor activity, Implement planned activity (e.g., camping, hiking, paddle boarding).

Cognitive Components

Movement Concepts & Principles
Analyze movement concepts and principles to improve performance (e.g., pathways, force, center of gravity).
Component extension: Design a practice drill to improve performance.
Skill Analysis
Identify critical elements (e.g., opposition, follow through, weight transfer).
Justify the importance of each critical element in regards to skill performance (e.g., why, when, how).
Component extension: Self/peer evaluation of skill.
Game Rules
Demonstrate rule application during game play.
Use appropriate sport specific terminology (e.g., travelling, out-of-bounds, offsides).
Component extension: Officiating, research sport history, develop/organize a tournament.
Tactics and Strategies
Explain appropriate tactical decisions in a game situation. (e.g., use of a lob versus a drop; use of a chest pass versus a bounce pass).
Assess strategies needed to achieve specific effects/outcomes. (e.g., offensive strategies in order to score, defensive strategies to obtain possession,
Component extension: Recognize strategies & tactics during game play (e.g., professional/collegiate athletics, opposing team).

Fitness & Physical Activity

Health-Related Components
Explain how health-related components of fitness impact overall health status (i.e., body composition, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance,
Participate in health-related fitness activities (e.g., weight training, stretching, cardio workouts).
Component extension: Research myths and facts.
Skill-Related Components
Explain how skill related components impact sports and fitness (i.e., balance, agility, power, speed, coordination, and reaction time).
Participate in skill-related fitness activities (e.g., agility ladder, yoga, plyometric).
Component extension: Match skill-related components to selected activities.
Physical Activity & Knowledge
Apply fitness terminology in appropriate settings (e.g., aerobic/anaerobic, target heart rate, FITT principle, isometric, warmup/cool-down).
Define the principles of training (e.g., overload, specificity, progression).
Identify activities that improve each component of fitness (i.e., health-related, skill-related).
Calculate and apply resting, maximum, and target heart rate during various activities (e.g., cardiorespiratory activities, game play).
Discuss current trends in fitness technology (e.g., apps, heart rate monitors, electronic activity tracker).
Component extension: Design a warm-up, cool-down, or circuit training routine.
Exercise Perscription
Construct fitness goals (i.e., S.M.A.R.T.)
Design a personal fitness plan based on the FITT principle i.e., Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type.
Component extension: Analyze a personal fitness plan and make suggestions for improvement.
Participate in health-related fitness testing (e.g., Fitnessgram).
Interpret individual results of fitness tests.
Component extension: Use results of fitness assessments to guide changes in a personal fitness plan. Investigate fitness applications, i.e., MapMy Walk, FitBit.

Personal & Social Responsibility

Personal Behavior
Demonstrate responsible independent behaviors (e.g., best effort, compassion, initiative).
Explain the role of the leader and follower within a group.
Demonstrate positive attitudes towards self and others through verbal and nonverbal behaviors.
Component extension: Volunteer for leadership roles (e.g., lead a class activity).
Rules, Etiquette, & Sportsmanship
Explain the importance of following rules, procedures, etiquette and sportsmanship in the physical activity setting.
Display acceptance of decisions of judgement in socially responsible ways (e.g., teachers, sport officials, peer leaders).
Component extension: Differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate responses related to sports etiquette.
Provide support and encouragement for classmates (e.g., acknowledge good play, accept success/performance limitations).
Display acceptance of individual differences (e.g., ability level, cultural background, gender, interest, age).
Demonstrate conflict resolution skills.
Component extension: Engage in cooperative learning activities (e.g., icebreakers, team building).
Apply best practices for participating safely in physical activity (e.g., equipment/facility use, peer awareness, environment, personal medical needs).
Engage in proper warm-up and cool-down procedures.
Component extension: Create a project-based safety visual aide (e.g., poster, brochure, video).

Values Physical Activity

Explain the health benefits of physical activity (e.g., physical, mental/emotional, social).
Determine the value of physical activity to meet an individual's personal needs (e.g., social interaction, self expression, stress management).
Explore community resources (e.g., community centers, greenways, parks).
Component extension: Explore employment/career options in fields related to physical activity.
Demonstrate a willingness to try new activities for challenge and personal reward.
Component extension: Engage in an activity that challenges oneself to the next level (e.g., Couch to 5K, substitute player to starter, weight management).
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