P.E. Grading Policy


 Physical Education Assessments
and Grading Guidelines

The Physical Education Curriculum Office would like to welcome you to an exciting year of fitness and fun!  We want all of our students to develop a lifelong love and desire for fitness, health, and physical activity. As our nation confronts an obesity epidemic, we are dedicated to our mission of “Inspiring others to pursue a healthy and physically active lifestyle.” 

It is important to monitor progress and measure how much students are learning in physical education.  The assessment process is vital to that understanding.  Below is a summary of that process; however, you can access much more detailed information, along with many other resources, via the FCPS Health & PE Website http://education.fcps.org/healthpek12.

The physical education curriculum can be accessed on the website in the box titled “Essential Curriculum.”  It is broken into six areas or “Standards”:

1.     Skillfulness

2.     Biomechanical Principles

3.     Motor Learning Principles

4.     Exercise Physiology

5.     Physical Activity

6.     Social-Psychological Principles


Progress is measured in multiple ways to determine mastery of the curriculum standards listed above.  Exit Outcome Assessments are one way.  These are a series of five summative assessments that measure all three domains of learning.  They are given to every student in Frederick County Public Schools.  The purpose of these assessments is to evaluate students’ understanding of what they should know and be able to do.  At least one Exit Outcome Assessments will be given per term, and at least one term will include two exit outcome assessments. For more information, please navigate to the “Assessments” tab and click on “Exit Outcomes” on the website. You will also find a rubric on the website for determining your child’s ability to meet the expectations for daily student responsibility.  This process will be used to determine “Effort” grades for students in grades 1-5.


Another way for teachers to measure student progress is through formative assessments.  These assessments are teacher-created and can include: written tests and quizzes, self-assessments, peer assessments, teacher observations, exit questions, task sheets, performance assessments, journal entries, and other forms of classwork.  Formative assessments help teachers to make instructional decisions.  They also inform students about their progress toward meeting other curricular indicators or toward the Exit Outcomes.    


Elementary school students in grades 1-5 will receive two grades in Physical Education.  Each student will receive a grade for Demonstrating Skills and Concepts as well as a grade for Effort. Kindergarten students are not graded on effort. The demonstration of skills and concepts will be based on the following:

70% - Demonstrating Appropriate Skills; Skill Performance Assessments (Psychomotor Domain)  

30% - Demonstrating Knowledge of Concepts; Exit Outcomes, Summative Tests/Quizzes (Cognitive Domain)

A student’s Effort grade will be determined by a weekly evaluation of the student’s ability to meeting personal and social responsibility.  The teacher will use a 4-point rubric to make this weekly determination based on the following:

     Students will come dressed appropriately for physical activity and be prepared for class

     Students will demonstrate regard for safety and appropriate use of equipment.

     Students will demonstrate working effectively with others.

     Students are expected to participate actively throughout the class period.


In order to positively impact students’ health and fitness, parents must be partners.  Together we can help your child learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Please encourage your child to participate in daily activity experiences outside of the school day as well. 


Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s physical education teacher for more information.  You may also contact the Physical Education Curriculum Office at 191 South East St., Frederick, MD 21701 or (301) 644-5137.