The Westerville Board of Education voted Monday to adopt state standards for the district's physical education classes in kindergarten through grade 12.

The Westerville Board of Education voted Monday to adopt state standards for the district's physical education classes in kindergarten through grade 12.

The Ohio Board of Education adopted six content standards a year ago that the Westerville district will now adhere to as well.

The state standards require that students demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities; demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities; participate regularly in physical activity; achieve and maintain health-enhancing levels of physical fitness; exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings; and value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

The Westerville school board also approved a course of study for physical education classes for students in kindergarten through grade 5 that would standardize what is taught throughout the district and reinforce the state standards.

The approved courses of study were recommended by district committees.

With the approval of the resolution, the district adopted a standard equipment list for elementary physical education classes, established which skills should be learned at each grade level and recommended activities for achieving those skills.

Diane Conley, chief of academic affairs, has said both resolutions are important because they mark the first time in many years that the district had looked at standards.