Marybeth Marinier
Out of District Coordinator Administration

Adapted Physical Education (APE) is physical education that has been adapted or modified to meet the individual needs of each person with a disability enrolled in a general or special physical education class. APE can be provided through consulting, co-teaching, small group/individual instruction.

CASE APE teachers provide expert adapted physical education services which enable students to participate in PE by facilitating gross motor experiences, modifying activities as necessary, providing specialized instruction and development of skills. Students receiving specialized instruction in physical education are provided with opportunities to participate in activities with typically developing peers.

CASE APE teachers collaborate with IEP teams to analyze student data to determine a need for services. Upon parental consent, they evaluate a student using formal and informal measures that are aligned to state and district PE standards. Individual educational plans identify the needs for services and address the goals that will be worked in the appropriate environment.

CASE APE teachers provide coaching and professional development throughout member districts and Illinois. They assist school staff by modeling teaching practices, providing training on selected assessments and providing on-site assistance in adapting instruction and materials so that the PE experience is standards-based and inclusive of all learners.

Other Resources


Adapted Physical Education Curriculum Framework 2017

NASPE: National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Eligibility Criteria for Adapted Physical Education Services

Code of Conduct for P-12 Physical Education Teachers

Appropriate Use of Instructional Technology in PE

Appropriate Uses of Fitness Measurement

Looking at Physical Education from a Developmental Perspective: A Guide to Teaching

NASPE Scope and Sequence of Fitness Education for PreK-12 Programs

SHAPE: Society of Health and Physical Educators

Society of Health and Physical Educators

National Physical Education Standards

Adapted Physical Education National Standards

Elementary School Grade Level Outcomes

The Essential Components of Physical Education

Physical Education is an Academic Subject

ISBE: Illinois State Board of Education

Illinois Learning Standards: Physical Development and Health

Illinois Professional Teaching Standards 2013

Enhanced Physical Education

Press Release: Illinois to Lead Nation with Optimal Physical Education and Health Standards Tied to Brain Research


Grade Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education (PDF) (AASHPERD)

Physical Education Standards (NBPTS)

Continuum of Services (ICAPE)

APENS: Adapted Physical Education National Standards

IAHPERD: Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Human Kinetics (Commercial)

The Cooper Institute: FitnessGram

Adaptive PE on the Playground and in the Gym