The Health and Wellness Department (HWD) of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) is pleased to release the 2013 Boston Public Schools Physical Education Curriculum Framework draft. The overall mission of the HWD is to actively promote the health and wellness of all students in order to advance both their healthy development and readiness to learn. Physical Education (PE) is a major contributor to this mission.
This framework will serve as the guiding document for PE curriculum and instruction across the district in an effort to create high quality physical education. High quality PE is the cornerstone of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP). CSPAP defines PE as an academic subject that uses a planned, sequential program of curricula and instruction, based on standards, which results in all students, including those with disabilities, developing the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to adopt and maintain a physically activity lifestyle. The K-12 PE learning standards found in this framework spiral and ensure students will develop skills in sports, recreation, fitness, leadership and working in teams. These skills develop student competence, a critical predictor
of involvement in life-long physical activity. PE is the only place where all students are provided with the instruction they need to develop these skills.