The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released the official 2018 Academic Standards in Physical Education document on February 1, 2018. The standards are to be fully implemented in all Minnesota school districts by the 2021-22 school year. Full implementation of the 2018 Minnesota Academic Standards in Physical Education is defined as:


  • By the 2021-22 school year, instruction in physical education in grades K-8 must include all the 2018 Minnesota physical education standards and grade-level benchmarks.

  • Instruction at the high school level must include all the 2018 Minnesota physical education standards and grade-level benchmarks for grades 9-12 beginning with the 2021-22 freshman (9th grade) class.

  • All school districts are required to develop assessments to ensure students are meeting the benchmarks.


MDE also released a Recommended Minnesota Physical Education Standard Transition Timeline Chart comprised of the following stages:


  • Development Stage; February 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018 

  • Transition Phase 1, District Planning; January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019

  • Transition Phase 2, District Alignment/Optional Phase-in 1; July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

  • Transition Phase 3, District Alignment/Optional Phase-in 2; July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

  • Full Implementation; 2021-22 school year


These documents and additional information can be found on the department’s Physical Education webpage.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released the 2018 Academic Standards and Benchmarks in Physical Education and recommended transition timeline on February 1, 2018 which can be found on the MDE Physical Education webpage.

The standards are to be fully implemented in all Minnesota school districts by the 2021-22 school year. Between March and December, 2018, MDE is partnering with the MN Society of Health and Physical Educators (MNSHAPE) and the MN Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) Leadership Team to develop support materials and training plans for standards transition for local school districts.

The purpose of this survey is to seek feedback from physical education teachers on types of assistance needed at the local level during the transition timeline. 

Your rights to anonymity and confidentiality will be preserved.  Responses you provide cannot be traced back to your identity.

This survey will take up to 5 minutes. The survey will open April 2nd, 2018 and close at 5pm, April 20, 2018.  Your feedback is important to us!


Please follow this link to participate:

MDE Physical Education Standards and Benchmarks Needs Assessment

*If you receive the invitation to participate in this survey from multiple websites, please complete the survey only once.

2018 Minnesota Academic Standards in Physical Education Updates