Physical Education Resources

Virtual Meetups

Randi Myers, Physical Education Consultant, will partner with Stark County ESC for bi-monthly meetups during the 2021-2022 school year starting the end of August 2021.

Updated schedules will go out monthly. Please sign up for alerts or view the information on the Virtual Meetups webpage.

Physical Education New Teacher Cohorts

Registration is open for the Physical Education discipline-specific cohorts. New teachers will learn the nuts and bolts of teaching in Ohio from expert teachers and educational partners. Join colleagues from across the state virtually in these supportive cohorts that will assist new teachers in navigating a successful year of teaching. Topics will include standards-driven lesson planning, innovative practices, advocacy, program development and more.

This is open to first and second year physical education teachers and physical education student teachers only.

Contact hours will be given upon completion of the cohort. All meetings will be held virtually the second Tuesday of the month (September – May) from 4:30-6 p.m.

OTES 2.0 General Guidance

High-Quality Student Data Instruments

Choosing and using high-quality student data (HQSD) to guide instructional decisions and meet student learning needs is key in making sound instructional decisions for students. The teacher evaluation will use at least two measures of district-determined high-quality student data to provide evidence of student learning attributable to the teacher being evaluated. HQSD may be used as evidence in any component of the evaluation where applicable.

Physical Education Legislation and Resource Links

Prescribed Curriculum ORC 3313.60
Physical Education Credit Flex Guidelines
Physical Education Graduation Requirements ORC 3313.603

Physical Education Time Requirements 

Ohio law requires Ohio districts and schools to develop curriculum for physical education. Schools are required to offer physical education each year to all students in grades kindergarten-grade 8; however, the law does not specify the number of hours required for students in grades K-8. Students in grades 9-12 must obtain 120 hours to meet graduation requirements. Scheduling of physical education hours is determined by the local district or school.
As outlined in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-35-4 (B), local school districts or schools must implement a curriculum and instructional program characterized by systematic planning, articulation and evaluation. The curriculum should be developed with input from parents, community members and other stakeholders.
Physical education benchmark evaluations are mandated by Senate Bill 210. The Department offers data sheets for reporting benchmark evaluations to EMIS.

High School Physical Education Credit in 8th Grade Guidelines

To offer a grade 8 student a high school physical education class and award credit:

  1. The grade 8 physical education curriculum or content must be as rigorous or more rigorous than the high school course.
  2. Districts must ensure that 8th graders receiving grade 8 physical education credit are not in the same class as those grade 8 receiving high school credit. 
  3. The grade 8 student must have been assessed on the 6-8 physical education evaluations prior to enrolling in the high school course and scored “advanced” proficiency on 6-8 grade evaluations. The grade 8 student taking high school credit must be assessed on the 9-12 physical education evaluations.
  4. In addition to the "advanced" proficiency evaluation, districts must also administer an advance placement test or evaluation prior to students entering the high school course in grade 8. 
  5. This course must meet the high school graduation time requirement of 60 hours or more to award 1/4 credit.
  6. The teacher of this course must have a 9-12 physical education license.

Professional Organizations Associated with Physical Education

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