2018 Minnesota Academic Standards in Physical Education Updates 

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.