• Grading Policies for Physical Education at RSES

    Hello parents and students,


    Below you will find some information about how we determine your grade for PE Class.


    Before you read the info below, please remember that Grades are simply communication - they are information that will hopefully help you improve and become a better version of yourself.   


    We strive to give honest feedback and information to students and parents about their performance in our class in hopes that it will help you understand how you’re doing and give you some areas that could be improved.

    Our grading rubrics are also located at the bottom of this page if you want to see more details for each standard.


    Also, to give some perspective, we do have P.E. once a week for 50 minutes and see roughly 650 students each week.  


    We hope the info below is helpful - Thanks!


    The Goal

    To produce students who have the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to lead a successful and healthy life.



    The Standards


    The Physically Educated Person will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate competence in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform in a variety of physical activities.
    2. Demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies and tactics as they relate to learning and performance of physical activity.
    3. Participates regularly in physical activity.
    4. Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
    5. Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that shows respect for self and others in the physical activity setting.
    6. Values physical activity for heath, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.



    Class Expectations

    PE rules and expectations

    PE Consequences



    Grading Scale

    M = Meets grade level expectations at this time

    P = Progressing satisfactorily towards grade level expectations

    U = Unable to meet grade level expectations at this time


    If you student get's an "M" that means they are on track for success, give them encouragement and praise for "meeting all the grade level expectations".  


    If your student gets a "P" that means that they are progressing towards grade level expectations, but have not met them yet - take it as helpful feedback that will allow you and your child to work on an area where they might have a weakness, encourage them to improve.  


    If your child receives a "U" they were unable to meet expectations and have not progressed towards those expectations throughout the nine weeks grading period, they might need to put in more effort during class or practice outside of school to improve on their skill.


    The idea is no matter what grade your child receives in PE, they need encouragement to get better or to continue to experience success, hopefully you can be an important part of your child's growth and development in that way.  


    Your student's grade will be determined based on:

    • Participation and Effort  
      • Always doing their best
    • Proper Attire for Safe Participation in the Lesson
      • Please wear tennis shoes
      • Please wear shorts under any skirts or dresses                               
    • Behavior and Sportsmanship
      • Ability to stay on task and follow directions
      • Good sportsmanship when interacting with classmates
      • Listening during teacher instruction      
    • Competency (Skill & Cognitive)
      • Physical skill level
      • Ability to understand content and strategies and rules pertaining to gameplay
      • Knowledge of critical features that are taught for each skill


    A note from the PE Teacher:


    We strive to have a program that is focused on developing a spirit of enjoyment of physical activity.  We want your students to have FUN!


    We will emphasize the importance of using good sportsmanship and developing the valuable trait of perseverance when you are trying to learn a difficult skill.   


    We would rather students focus on doing their best, more so than "getting a good grade."  However, we also want to communicate clearly with our parents and students about the progress of each student in our class.


    We hope that we can provide our students with a healthy view of sports, physical activity and produce kids that are good sports and will continue to enjoy healthy lifestyles in the future.


    As always, let us know if you have any questions or if we can be of help in any way.




    The RSES Physical Education Department


    P.S. All of our standards based grading rubrics are attached below, as well as the Power Standards



    K.1.1 – Travel with control using locomotor skills and change directions

    K.1.2 – Move in general space in a controlled manner, stop on command

    K.2.3 – Identify special relationships (over, under, behind, beside, through)

    K.3.2 – Engage in sustained physical activity causing increased heart rate

    K.4.4  – Participate appropriately, following directions and class expectations

    K.5.1 – Participate willingly in individual and group physical activity


    First Grade

    1.2.1- Hop, gallop, jog, skip, leap and slide using a mature pattern

    2.1.7 – Toss a ball underhand using mature form

    2.2.4 – Identify dominant hand and lead foot for fundamental skills

    2.3.2 – Actively engage in warmup activities to prepare for physical activity

    2.4.5 – Apply rules and procedures in class with few or no reminders

    2.5.2 – Try new physical activities individually and with peers


    Second Grade

    2.1.11 – Throw a hand-sized ball overhand to hit a wall 30 feet away

    2.1.12 – Catch a self-tossed and partner tossed object

    2.1.13 – Identify critical elements of fundamental movement skills

    2.3.1 – Participate regularly in moderate to vigorous activity during class

    2.4.7 – Work  independently and safely in physical education

    2.5.1 – Identify physical activities that are personally enjoyable


    Third Grade

    3.1.4-  Demonstrate designated developmentally appropriate dance steps and movement patterns

    3.1.15- Receive and pass a ball with the inside of the foot to a stationary partner, “giving” on reception before returning the pass

    3.3.3- Describe the concept of fitness and provide examples of physical activity to enhance fitness

    3.4.2- Modify skill execution based on teacher feedback

    3.4.5- Praise others for their success in movement performance

    3.4.6- Recognize the role of rules  and etiquette in physical activity with peers


    Fourth Grade

    4.1.22-Strike/volley a ball, two hand/overhand pattern, sending it upward to a target

    4.1.25-Strike an object with a long handled implement demonstrating 3 of 5 critical elements of a mature pattern for the specific implement (hockey stick, bat, tennis, badminton rackets-grip, stance, body orientation, swing plane, follow-through)

    4.2.8-Apply simple defensive tactics in chasing and fleeing games

    4.3.5-Identify areas of needed remediation from personal test and with teacher assistance identify strategies for progress in those areas

    4.4.5-Accept “players” of all skill levels into the physical activity

    4.5.3-Examine the health benefits of participation in physical activity


    Fifth Grade

    5.1.17- Hand dribble in combination with other skills in one-on-one games tactics

    5.2.5- Apply basic offensive and defensive tactics in 1 vs 1 net/wall games

    5.3.4- Analyze results of fitness assessment (pre-test and post-test), comparing results to fitness components for good health

    5.4.2- Accept responsibility for personal behavior in physical activity environments 

    5.5.1 – Compare the health benefits of participation in selected physical activities


    Download our Grading Rubrics by Clicking the Link Below:


    K-2nd Grading Rubrics


    3rd - 5th Grading Rubrics