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News and Announcements:

Timeline and schedule announced for reviewing Colorado Academic Standards

Upon an external evaluation and comparison of the Colorado Physical Education standards to other state and national standards the Colorado Board of Educaton determined that the physical education standards did not need to be revised at this time. The third set of standards to be reviewed will include math; reading, writing and communicating; science, and comprehensive health. A process of review will begin in spring 2024, with approval by the board by June 2026. Implementation will be required in the 2028 school year.


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Academic Standards

Physical education prepare students to function optimally as students, global citizens, and workers who demonstrate personal responsibility for one’s health and fitness through an active, healthy lifestyle that fosters a lifelong commitment to wellness. These standards encourage physical literacy, which is the ability to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.

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Curriculum Support

Article IX, Section 16 of Colorado's constitution states, "Neither the general assembly nor the state board of education shall have power to prescribe textbooks to be used in the public schools." However, CDE can still serve as an advisor to help districts and schools adopt, adapt, develop, or use the materials of their choice.

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Instructional Support

Instructional support is grounded in CDE's shared approach to Best, First Instruction as well as practices and strategies supported by professional organizations and scholars at the leading edge of physical education.

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There are many opportunities to connect and grow as a professional educator with the larger physical education community, including mailing lists, professional organizations, and events.

Noteworthy News

  • CDE provides training and technical assistance related to the health education standards, curriculum alignment and, instructional best practices. Please contact me for more information  ​

For further assistance, please contact:

James Hurley, Ph.D.
Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Content Specialist
P 303.866.6453 | C: 303.910.3901