Click category to View Topics
New: National Guidelines
Last Updated: 9/22/2011
Mandate: Physical education is not a required course for students. However, 04 AAC 06.075 (2005) requires students to complete a 1 credit of either health or physical education in order to graduate from high school. Statute 14.30.360 (1998) encourages each school district to implement a K-12 program in health education, which should include instruction in physical education.
Last Updated: 12/8/2010
Mandate: Code 16-40-1 (1975) requires all public and private schools to “carry out a system of physical education,” with the exception of church schools. The State Board of Education adopted the Alabama Course of Study: Physical Education (2009) which requires physical education for students in grades K-8. A minimum daily instructional period of at least 30 minutes is required in grades 1-6. The physical education may include dance class if taught at a magnet school, marching band, JRTOC or other activity as approved by a student's IEP.
Last Updated: 12/28/2013
Mandate: Act 317 (2007) requires 60 minutes per calendar week of physical education training and instruction for students in grades K-6 and for grades 5-8 for schools organized to teach these grades. The statute requires 90 minutes of additional physical activity per week for grades K-6, which may include physical education in addition to the previous requirement, daily recess, or intramural sports. Code 20-7-135 (2003) calls the State Board of Education to promulgate rules and regulations to ensure physical activity standards are implemented to provide students with the skills, opportunity, and encouragement to adopt healthy lifestyles. The Rules Governing Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards and Body Mass Index for Age Assessment Protocols in Arkansas Public Schools (2012) include the time requirements of Act 317 (2007), and allow local districts to require physical education or activity in excess of these requirements.
The Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools (2009) detail the course requirements for students: in grades K-8 all students must receive instruction in physical education (the amount is not specified), and students in grades 9-12 must complete a 1/2 unit course for graduation.
Curriculum Content: Arkansas has not formally adopted state standards for physical education; however, the state does require schools to follow the K-8 Physical Education and Health Curriculum Framework and Physical Education and Leisure Curriculum Framework for grades 9-12 (2011).
Physical Fitness Assessment: The Department of Education requires students to participate in a national recognized fitness assessment. The requirements can be found in the K-8 Physical Education and Health Curriculum Framework and Physical Education and Leisure Curriculum Framework for grades 9-12.
Last Updated: 7/16/2013
Mandate: State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-301 (1993) establishes the minimum course of study and competency goals for students, which includes health/physical education. The code does not specify grades, levels, or a minimum amount of instruction.
ARS 15-2011 (no date available) requires school facility boards to address facilities for physical education when adopting rules that establish minimum school facility adequacy guidelines.
Exemptions: ARS 15-102 (no date available) allows for parents to withdraw a child from an activity, class or program if they object to any activity or learning material. ARS 15-346 (2010) provides flexibility in physical education activity requirements so that pupils with chronic health problems may participate in the regular physical education program to the extent that their health permits.
Curriculum Content: The state adopted the Physical Education Standards (2009), which includes the rationale, standards, and major content areas for physical education.
Physical Fitness Assessment: None.
Last Updated: 8/10/2009
Mandates: The Legislature recognizes the importance of physical education in maintaining healthy children and urges
Last Updated: 11/9/2010
Mandate: Not specifically required.
Last Updated: 5/16/2013
Mandate: Statute Chapter 164 Sec. 10-16b (1997) requires students in public schools receive physical education instruction. Statute Chapter 170, Section 10-221o of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended by Section 9 of Public Act 12-116 and Section 5 of Public Act 12-158 of the Connecticut General Statutes (2012) requires each local and regional board of education to provide time devoted to physical exercise for students in Grades K-5, inclusive, of not less than 20 minutes in total for each regular school day, with the exception of those students requiring special education and related services.
District of Columbia
Last Updated: 4/21/2013
Mandate: Section 402 § 38-824.02 Requires public schools and public charter schools to provide physical education as follows:
Additionally, Section 602 of the Healthy Students Act of 2010 requires each public and public charter school to submit information about the average amount of weekly physical education that students receive in each grade to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education by January 15th of each year. This information must also be posted online to the school website (if applicable) and make the form available to parents in its office. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education shall post the information on its website within 14 days of receipt.
Exemptions: No state policy.
Curriculum Content: Section 402 of the Healthy Students Act of 2010 requires physical education to meet the curricular standards adopted by the State Board of Education. The Physical Education Standards (2007) specify the concepts and skills that students are to know and be able to do in the area of physical education by the time they graduate from high school.
State Assessment Requirement: None.
Last Updated: 5/8/2009
Mandate: Administrative Code 14:505 (2004) requires high school students to take 1 credit of physical education for graduation. Administrative Code 14:503 (2005) requires students in grades 1-8 to be enrolled in a physical education program.
Code 14:4133 (2006) establishes a physical education/physical activity pilot program in at least six of
Exemptions: Administrative Code 14:503 allows the physical education requirements to be waived only for students who have an excuse from a qualified physician or objections based on religious beliefs.
Curriculum Content: The Delaware Recommended Curriculum for Health Education sets uniform content standards for physical education for elementary, middle, and high school. The general standards cover healthy physical activity, influences on physical activity, and prevention of sports and exercise injuries. The effects of drugs on fitness are included in the middle and high school standards.
The Delaware Recommended Curriculum and Delaware Standards for Physical Education are aligned with and reflect the NASPE approved National Standards for Physical Education for all students grades K – 12. All Delaware school districts are required to prove alignment with the Delaware Standards for Physical Education by March 30, 2009.
Physical Assessment Requirement: Code 14:122(b) (2006) requires each school district and charter school to assess the physical fitness of each student at least once at the appropriate elementary, middle and high school level, with the results to be provided to the parent, guardian or relative caregiver. Code 14:122(b) (2006) also provides for the fitness assessments to be administered at common grade levels statewide.
Last Updated: 6/16/2011
Mandate: Statute 1003.455 (2007) requires each school district board to provide 150 minutes of physical education each week for students in grades K-5. This was expanded in 2008 to include the requirement for students in grade 6 who are enrolled in a school that contains one or more elementary grades. It requires instruction to be at least 30 consecutive minutes on any day physical education instruction is given. Beginning with the 2009-10 school year, students in grades 6-8 are required to complete the equivalent of one class period per day of physical education for one semester of each school year.
Last Updated: 10/27/2011
Statute 1003.428 (2007) requires one credit in physical education to include integration of health beginning with students entering their first year of high school in the 2007-2008 school year.
Exemptions: Statute 1003.428 (2007) states that participation in an interscholastic sport at the junior varsity or varsity level for two full seasons shall satisfy the one-credit requirement in physical education if the student passes a competency test on personal fitness with a score of "C" or better. Completion of one semester with a grade of "C" or better in a marching band class, in a physical activity class that requires participation in marching band activities as an extracurricular activity, or in a dance class shall satisfy one-half credit in physical education or one-half credit in performing arts. This credit may not be used to satisfy the personal fitness requirement or the requirement for adaptive physical education under an individual education plan (IEP) or 504 plan. Completion of 2 years in a Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) class, a significant component of which is drills, shall satisfy the one-credit requirement in physical education and the one-credit requirement in performing arts. This credit may not be used to satisfy the personal fitness requirement or the requirement for adaptive physical education under an individual education plan (IEP) or 504 plan.
Statute 1003.455 (2008) provides exemption from the requirements of physical education for students in grades K-8. Exemption may be provided if a student meets one of the following requirements: 1) The student is required to enroll in a remedial course, 2) A parent requests in writing that a student enroll in another course offered by the school, or 3) A parent notifies the school in writing that a student is participating in physical activities outside the school day which are equal to or in excess of the mandated requirement.
Curriculum Content: The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Physical Education (2008), which are based on the National Standards for Physical Education, describe the state's learning expectations for grades K-12. The state does not provide or recommend particular curriculum materials.
Last Updated: 7/18/2013
Mandate: Georgia Code 20-2-142 (no date available) requires the State Board of Education to prescribe a course of study in health and physical education for all grade levels. Code 20-2-776 (2009) requires each local school system to provide at least the minimum instruction in physical education required by the State Board of Education in Code 20-2-142. State Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.12 (2011) requires local boards to develop and implement an accurate comprehensive health and physical education program" that includes motor skills, physical fitness, and lifetime sports. The rule further requires 90 hours of contact instruction in physical education and health for students in grade K-5 and must be made available for students in grades 6-12. State Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.47 (2002) requires high school students to complete one unit of Health and Physical Education (out of 22 units) in order to graduate.
Last Updated: 9/22/2009
Mandate: State Board of Education Policy 4540 (2006) requires one credit of physical education for high school graduation.
The state Wellness Guidelines, which schools are required to implement over a four year period through 2010-11, require 45 minutes of physical education classes per week for grades K-3, 55 minutes per week for grades 4-5, 107 minutes per week for elementary grade 6, and 200 minutes per week for secondary grades 6-12. The Wellness Guidelines also specify that physical activity may not be used as punishment and schools may not withold physical activity as punishment.
Exemptions: None specified.
Curriculum Content: The state has adopted Physical Education Content Standards (2005) for grades K-12 that serves as a guideline, but is not a specific curriculum for schools to follow.
Physical Fitness Assessment: None.
Last Updated: 11/22/2010
Mandate: Code 256.11 (2005) requires physical education to be taught in grades 1-12. All students in grades 9-12 are required to participate in physical education activities for at least a 1/8 unit each semester. The Code also requires 1 credit of basic physical education for high school graduation.
Last Updated: 2/25/2013
Mandate: Statute 33-1605 (no date available) requires all school districts to provide instruction in health and physical fitness. State Board of Education Administrative Rules 08.02.02.104.01-04 (page 10-11) state requires Physical Education in elementary schools and middle/junior high schools and at the high school, Physical Education is required to be offered as an elective under other required instructional offerings.
Last Updated: 12/26/2012
Mandate: 105 ILCS 5/27-5 (1996) mandates all school boards to provide for instruction and training in physical education of students in their schools. 105 ILCS 5/27-6 (1996) also states that students enrolled in public schools must engage in a course of physical education daily during the school day. A school board may, however, authorize an exemption for students in grades 11 and 12 for reasons specified in the Statute. Public 105 ILCS 5/27-7 (2005) requires the physical education course of study to include the development of movement skills, enhancing health-related fitness, increasing student knowledge, encouraging healthy habits and attitudes, and offering opportunities to learn how to work in cooperative group settings. The course of study must also provide students with an appropriate amount of daily physical activity as part of the regular curriculum.
Last Updated: 5/12/2008
Exemptions: HR 1028 (2004) encourages the state to end its practice of allowing waivers from school code requirements related to physical education. If a wavier is given, however, it must comply with the two requirements given in 92 HR 0333 (2002). 105 ILCS 5/27-6 (2005) allows the school board to grant students in grades 11 and 12 exemptions from physical education courses for the following reasons: (1) ongoing participation in interscholastic athletic programs, (2) enrollment in academic classes required for admission to an institution of higher learning, and (3) enrollment in academic classes required for graduation from high school, (4) involvement in for-credit marching band program (grades 9-12), and (5) involvement in a school-sponsored ROTC program. 105 ILCS 5/27-6 (2005) allows students in grades 9-12 to be excused from physical education courses if the time must be utilized to receive special education support and services.
Curriculum Content: 105 ILCS 5/27-7 (1998) calls for the State Board of Education to prepare and make available guidelines that incorporate the purposes stated in the Statute for physical education for all grades and types of schools. In 1997, the state approved the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health.
Physical Fitness Assessment: None.
Last Updated: 12/6/2010
Mandate: Code 20-30-5-7 (2005) requires school corporations (local school districts) to provide physical fitness as part of the curriculum. Code 20-30-5-7.5 (2006) requires school corporations to provide daily physical activity in elementary school, which may include recess. 511 IAC 6.1-5-0.6 (2010) requires each school corporation to develop and implement a curriculum for K-12 that includes a pa planned sequence of learning experiences of breadth and depth that each child can apply information about health, nutrition and physical activity. 511 IAC 6.1-5-2.6 (2010) includes physical education in the required curriculum for elementary school. 511 IAC 6.1-5-3.6 includes physical education in the required curriculum for middle school.
Last Updated: 7/22/2013
Mandate: State Board Regulation 91-31-32 (2005) requires that as a prerequisite for accreditation, each school should provide physical education, which shall include instruction in health and human sexuality." For graduation from high school, State Board Regulation 91-31-35 (2005) requires one unit of physical education, which shall include health and may include safety, first aid, or physiology."
Last Updated: 5/19/2013
Mandate: Kentucky schools must follow the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Kentucky Schools Grades P-12 (2010), which outlines minimum state education requirements and provides curriculum guidelines. The standards require physical education for students in primary, intermediate, and middle school, although the amount of instruction is not specified. In addition, high school students must complete a unit of both health and physical education in order to graduate.
Last Updated: 9/5/2013
Last Updated: 9/5/2013
Bulletin 741 requires 1.5 units of physical education for public high school graduation. In The Louisiana Handbook for Nonpublic School Administrators (2005), requires 2 units of health and physical education for non-public high school graduation.
RS 17:276 (1980) requires each public secondary school to offer, as part of the physical education program, sexually segregated contact sports and sexually integrated noncontact sports with the options for students to choose either or both.
RS 17:1941 requires school districts to make available physical education services, specially designed if necessary, to every student with a disability receiving a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). It also requires schools to make available specially designed physical education (Adapted Physical Education) for students with disabilities as prescribed in the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP).
Exemptions: Bulletin 741 allows an approved Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp program to be substituted for the 2 credits of health and physical education upon board approval. This code further allows students to be exempted from this requirement for medical reasons only, but the number of credits required for graduation remains at 23.
Curriculum Content: Bulletin 102 outlines state Physical Education Content Standards (2009). The standards document also serves as a suggested curriculum framework, although local schools are not required to adhere to it.
Physical Fitness Assessment: RS 17.17.5 (2009) provides for health-related fitness assessments to determine physical fitness levels of students in school. The bill expands a pilot program to provide for statewide implementation focused on school systems with high poverty levels.
Last Updated: 4/8/2014
Mandate: General Law 71.1 (no date available) requires all schools to provide instruction in physical education, but grade levels or amounts of instruction are not specified. General Law 71.3 (no date available) says that, "Physical education shall be taught as a required subject in all grades for all students in the public schools for the purpose of promoting the physical well-being of such students." However, high school students are not required to complete specified units of physical education to graduate. Further, 603 CMR 26.05 (2012) states that each school must provide equal opportunity for physical education for all students
Per HB4459 (2010), there is guidance on developing school district wellness policies to promote integrating requirements for physical education, recommending to be no less than 150 minutes per week at the elementary level and 225 minutes per week in middle and high school levels. The law also states physical education requirements should be created and enforced to promote healthful levels of vigorous physical activity.
Last Updated: 9/29/2011
Mandate: Codes 7-409 (2005) and 2-205 (1996) require each public school to have a physical education program for all students in grades K-12 to develop good health and physical fitness and improve motor coordination and physical skills. State Board of Education Regulation 13A.04.13.01 (2001) outlines the requirements for the physical education instructional program in grades K-12.
Code 7-4B-02 (2008) requires county boards of education develop policies and procedures to promote and protect the inclusion of students with disabilities into mainstream physical education and athletic programs.
Last Updated: 6/3/2013
Mandate: Statute Title 20-A 4711 (2009) requires all elementary schools to provide the basic coursework, which includes physical education, for all students. Education Rule Chapter 132 (2007) requires students in grades PreK-12 be taught about the health benefits of physical activity. Statute Title 20-A 4723 (1983) requires the secondary course of study to include physical education per Statute Title 20-A 4721 (2009) Education Rule Chapter 127 (2002) requires one credit of physical education for graduation from high school.
Last Updated: 5/28/2013
Mandate: MCL 380.1502 (1993) states that "health and physical education for pupils of both sexes shall be established and provided in all public schools... each pupil attending public school in this state who is physically fit and capable of doing so shall take the course in physical education."
MCL 380.1502(2) allows a school to credit a student’s participation in extracurricular athletics or other extracurricular activities involving physical activity (sports, marching band, etc) as meeting the physical education graduation requirement. If a district does decide to use extracurricular physical activities to meet the physical education requirement, the student must still demonstrate proficiency in the physical education credit guidelines. Guidance is provided in the Michigan Merit Curriculum High School Graduation Requirements.
Curriculum Content: Schools are encouraged to use the Michigan Department of Education's Physical Education Content Standards and Benchmarks (1998). The Michigan Department of Education has assembled a useful website with many guidance and resource materials.
Last Updated: 11/22/2010
Mandate: Statute 120A.22 (2005) requires physical education for students between 7-16 years (duration and frequency not specificed) and assigns the responsibility of developing standards to local districts. However, the Healthy Kids Bill (2010) requires the Department of Education to adopt the National Association of Physical Education (NASPE) standards as statewide standards. Local districts are then required to adopt health and physical education standards, which must incorporate the NASPE standards. Although not outlined in code, precedence has determined that physical education must be taught at all grade levels in the elementary and middle/junior high levels, and must be taught at least once in high school. The expectations are outlined in the Standards, Tests and Graduation Requirement Chart (2006).
Last Updated: 8/28/2013
Mandate: Revised Statute 161.102 (1995) requires the state board of education to adopt and implement rules and regulations for the provision of courses in physical education to all pupils and students in all public schools and in all educational institutions. The Missouri School Improvement Program Resource Standards for Missouri Public School Districts (2013), requires that each elementary student receives instruction in physical education for a minimum of 50 minutes each week (25 minutes for half-day kindergarten classes), and that the classes be taught by teachers certificated in the field. Junior high/middle schools must teach physical education to all students for a minimum of 3,000 minutes each year. High schools must offer at least 1 unit of physical education out of 40.5 units. Students must complete 1 unit credit in physical education, out of 24 specified units, for high school graduation as outlined in the Missouri Graduation Requirements (2007).
Exemptions: None, except for students in the adult diploma program. The Missouri Graduation Requirements Handbook (2007) specifies that courses devoted to conditioning for interscholastic sports or practicing for interscholastic sports may not be counted toward meeting the minimum requirement.
Curriculum Content: Revised Statute 160.514 (1993) requires the State Board of Education to develop academic standards and voluntary curriculum frameworks, and requires all schools to adopt or develop a written curriculum that meets the standards. 5 CSR 20-200.260 (2011)—formerly 5 CSR 50-375.100 (1996)–lists the academic standards for health and physical education. The state's voluntary framework is Missouri's Framework for Curriculum Development in Health Education and Physical Education(2009), which calls for students to receive instruction on efficiency of human movement and performance and on physical activity and lifetime wellness.
Physical Fitness Assessment: Each year, schools are required to submit the percent of 5th and 9th grade students that meet the minimum criteria in the Missouri Physical Fitness Assessment Manual (2000). Physical fitness grades also are included in a student’s grade point average.
Last Updated: 9/9/2009
Mandate: Code 37-13-134 (2007) requires the following for physical education: 150 minutes weekly of activity based instruction as defined by the State Board of Education instruction for K-8 and half of a Carnegie unit of physical activity or physical education for graduation (grades 9-12). State Board of Education Policy 4012 (2008) defines physical education, physical activity and activity based instruction further stipulates that of the required 150 minutes of activity based instruction, the total number of minutes of physical education may not be under 50 minutes per week for grades K-8.
Last Updated: 12/28/2013
Code 37-11-8 (2010) requires the Office of Healthy Schools/Department of Education to develop and implement the HealthierUS School Initiative (USDA) to facilitate healthier choices and practices by local school districts through the promotion of healthier school environments. The Office of Healthy Schools may provide financial incentives to schools receiving recognition through the HealthierUS program. Requirements for participating schools are outlined in the statute, including providing students with physical education and the opportunity for physical activity.
Last Updated: 12/17/2012
Mandates: In Montana, elementary, middle/junior high, and high school students are required to take health enhancement courses per standards for school accreditation outlined in State Board of Public Education Administrative Rule 10.54.2501 (2000). State Board of Public Education Administrative Rule 10.55.905 (2000) requires 1 unit of health enhancement, with one-half unit each year, for two years in high school and 1/2 unit each year for middle school students. A "unit" is equal to 225 minutes per week. (Note: In the Montana School Accreditation Standards, the traditional disciplines of 'health education' and 'physical education' are combined into one content area called Health Enhancement. Simply put, Health Enhancement is a health outcome approach (rather than a performance outcome approach) that uses the combination of classroom and activity-based instruction to mutually reinforce the content mater in each of the two disciplines.)
Curriculum Content: With State Board of Public Education Administrative Rule 10.54.7010-7073 (1999), the State Board adopted the Health Enhancement K-12 Content and Performance Standards for grade levels (by end of grade 4, 8 and 12). The state does not require schools to follow a specific curriculum.
Last Updated: 12/18/2010
Mandate: State Board of Education Policy GCS-S-000 (2005) requires students enrolled in K-8 to participate in physical activity as part of the district's physical education curriculum. Elementary schools should consider providing 150 minutes per week and middle schools should consider 225 minutes per week including a minimum of physical education every other day for the school year. State Board of Education Board Policy GCS-N-004 (16 NCAC 6D.0503) (2002) requires high school students to complete 1 credit (out of 20) in health and physical education in order to graduate. (Details are also provided in NC Course of Study Graduation Requirements table.)
State Board of Education Policy GCS-S-000 (2005) prohibits taking away physical activity (including physical education) from students as a form of punishment. Similarly, it prohibits using severe and inappropriate exercise as a form of punishment.
Exemptions: None specified.
Curriculum Content: The
Physical Fitness Assessment: The
Last Updated: 12/13/2012
Mandate: Code 15.1-21 (no date available) requires physical education to be provided to students. At the high school level, school are required to offer one-half credit of physical education each school year, provided that once every four years the unit must be a concept-based fitness class that includes instruction in the assessment, improvement, and maintenance of personal fitness. For purposes of high school graduation, grades 9-12 require 1 unit of physical education, of which ½ unit may be health, for high school graduation according to NDCC 15.1-21.
Last Updated: 11/27/2011
Mandate: 92 NAC 10-004.04B7 (no date available) requires that the high school program include 20 instructional units" (out of a total of 400) or two years of daily classes or the equivalent in personal health and physical fitness. 92 NAC 10-004.03A9 (no date available) and 92 NAC 10-004.03A9 (no date available) mandate physical education for elementary and middle school.
Exemptions: None specified.
Curriculum Content: 92 NAC 10-004.02A6, 92 NAC 10-004.03A9, and 92 NAC 10-004.04B7 outline the required K-12 curriculum for
Physical Fitness Assessment: None.
Last Updated: 12/22/2011
Mandate: RSA 189:11-a (2004) says, The school board of each school district shall develop and adopt a policy recommending that all pupils participate in developmentally appropriate daily physical activity, exercise, or physical education..." The law also directs the State Board of Education to adopt and distribute rules for a model physical activity policy. State Board of Education Rule Ed 306.41 (2005) lists required concepts of a K-12 physical education program. State Board of Education Rule Ed 310.03 requires each local school board to adopt a policy regarding physical activities and exercise. The policy must recommend that all students in K-12 participate in 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity and exercise per day.
State Board of Education Rule Ed 306.26 (2005) gives local school boards the authority to adopt instructional time requirements for K-8 physical education. State Board of Education Rule Ed 306.27 (2005) requires that high school students complete 1 credit in physical education coursework in order to graduate (out of 20 required), and high schools must offer at least 2 credits of courses in physical education (out of 45 required).
Last Updated: 12/26/2011
Mandate: N.J.S.A 18A:35-7 (1967) requires every pupil, except kindergarten pupils, attending public schools to take courses in physical education and health. The core standards establish requirements for students in grades K-12. N.J.S.A 18A:35-7&8 (1967) requires that students in grades 1-12 receive 150 minutes (or 2 hours) of health, safety and physical education per week, prorated for school holidays. Local school districts decide how many minutes per week are necessary in each area in order to achieve the core standards. State Board of Education Admninistrative Code N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5 (no date available) requires 3.75 credits of health and physical education per year (out of a total 110 credits required) for high school graduation.
Last Updated: 12/30/2013
Mandate: 22-13-1 NMSA (2005) requires students in grades 1-8 to receive instruction in physical education. 22-13-1.1 NMSA (2009) requires students to have one unit in physical education or other physical activity for graduation
Curriculum Content: 22.214.171.124 NMAC (2009) details the NMPED K-12 content standards with benchmarks and performance standards for Physical Education. Local school districts are required to align their K-12 Physical Education Curriculum to these K-12 Physical Education Standards (1997, revised 2006)content standards with benchmarks and performance standards.
Physical Fitness Assessment: None.
Last Updated: 9/9/2009
Mandate: NRS 389.018 (2003) requires physical education be taught, as practicable, in all public schools. State Board of Education Administrative Code 389.2425, 389.283, 389.2946, 389.386, 389.485, 389.2425 (2000) detail student performance standards in physical education for grades 2, 3, 5, 8, and high school. State Board of Education Rule 389.664 (Board of Education Rule) requires 2 units of physical education to receive a standard high school diploma.
Last Updated: 9/9/2013
Mandate: Regulation 11.135.4(c) (2) (a) requires daily participation in physical education for students in grades K-3 and three times each week for grades 4-6. The minimum time devoted to physical education shall be at least 120 minutes each week. For grades 7-12, the regulations require physical education 3 times per week in one semester, and 2 times per week in the second, or a comparable time each semester if the school is organized in other patterns.
Physical Fitness Assessment: Regulation 11.135.4 requires local school districts to develop and implement plans to provide physical education to all students, which must include assessment activities for determining the students' performance toward the goals and objectives of the program.
Last Updated: 2/23/2009
Mandate: Pursuant to OAC 3301-35-04 (2001) and 3313.60 (2001), physical education is a required part of the curriculum for all levels, although duration and frequency are not specified. The State Board of education requires high school students to complete .5 unit of coursework in physical education in order to graduate. ORC 3301.20 (2008) requires the state to employ a full-time physical education coordinator to provide guidance and technical assistance to school districts regarding physical education and activity.
Exemptions: Pursuant to OAC 3313.603 (2007), the board of education of each school district and the governing authority of each chartered nonpublic school may adopt a policy to excuse from the high school physical education requirement each student who, during high school, has participated in interscholastic athletics, marching band, or cheerleading for at least two full seasons. If the board or authority adopts such a policy, it may not require the student to complete any physical education course as a condition to graduate. However, the student must be required to complete one-half unit, consisting of at least sixty hours of instruction, in another course of study.
Curriculum Content: None.
Physical Fitness Assessment: None.
Last Updated: 9/17/2013
Mandate: Statute 70-11-103.9 (2007) requires school districts provide all students with physical education programs, which may include athletics. It specifically requires that all public elementary schools, grades K-5, provide instruction in physical education or exercise program for a minimum of an average of 60 minutes per week. Recess time may not be counted toward the physical education requirement. The statute strongly encourages, but does not require, districts to provide physical education instruction to students in grades 6-12. Statute 70-11-103.6 (2005) strongly recommends, but does not require, high schools encourage students to complete two units of health and physical education.
Last Updated: 9/17/2013
Statute 70-11-103.9 (2007) requires school districts to provide to parents or guardians of students a physical activity report. It must include the following: (1) A summary on how physical activity is being incorporated into the school day; (2) A summary of the types of physical activities the students are exposed to in the physical education programs; (3) Suggestions on monitoring the physical activity progress of a child and how to encourage regular participation in physical activity; and (4) Information on the benefits of physical education and physical activity.
Curriculum Content: Statute 70-11-103 (2010) outlines criteria for physical education curricula, including a requirement that at least fifty percent of physical education class time be used for actual physical activity, and that the activity be performed at a moderate or vigorous level. The statute further requires each school district to establish specific objectives and goals it intends to accomplish through the physical education curriculum. The PASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education (2002) establishes physical education standards. There is no specific required curriculum at any grade level.
Physical Fitness Assessment: None.
Last Updated: 9/18/2013
Mandate: OAR 581-022-1210 (2005) requires school districts to provide a K-12 instructional program that includes physical education. OAR OAR 581-022-1130 OAR (2002) requires high school students to complete 1 unit of coursework in physical education in order to graduate. ORS 329.496 (2007) requires that every public school student in grades K-8 will participate in physical education for the entire school year. Students in grades K-5 are required to participate in physical education for at least 150 minutes each week. Students in grades 6-8 are required to participate in physical education for at least 225 minutes each week. School districts are required to devote at least 50 percent of physical education class time to actual physical activity. Full compliance is required by the 2017-2018 school year.
Last Updated: 9/18/2013
Exemptions: OAR 581-022-1910(1996) allows a district to excuse a pupil from a state required program or learning activity to accommodate for a student's disability or religious beliefs. Procedures are outlined in the Rule.
Curriculum Content: ORS 329.496 (2007) requires school districts to offer instruction in physical education that meets the academic content standards for physical education adopted by the State Board of Education under ORS 329.045 (2003). The Physical Education Standards (2005) provide benchmarks for grades 3,5,8, and high school.
Last Updated: 9/13/2013
Mandate: Students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels shall receive planned instruction in physical education aligned to the academic standards according to 022 PA Code 4.27 (1999). Further details of the requirements at the elementary level can be found in 022 PA Code 4.21 (1999), at the middle school in 022 PA Code 4.22 (1999), and at the high school level, in 022 PA Code 4.23 (1999). The physical education programs shall be adapted for those who are unable to participate and shall provide coeducational instruction with the exception of courses involving contact sports.. 022 PA Code 57.31(1988) requires the completion of one credit in health and physical education to fulfill the graduation requirement.
Last Updated: 1/29/2013
Mandate: Statute 16-22-4 (2008) requires all children in grades 1-12 attending public schools to receive instruction in health and physical education for an average of at least 20 minutes in each school day. Section 3.5 of the Rules and Regulations of School Health Programs (2009) stipulate that recess, free play and after school activities cannot be counted as physical education.
The state also outlines an Early Learning Standards framework for early childhood programs includes standards for Physical Health and Development: "Young children's future health and well-being are directly related to strengthening their large and small muscles, using their sensory experiences and practicing healthy behavior. Statutes 16-2-9(a) and 16-21-28 (2005) requires that the school committee of each school district establish a school health and wellness subcommittee. This subcommittee is charged with making recommendations regarding health education curriculum and instruction, physical education curriculum and instruction, and nutrition and physical activity policies. This subcommittee is to be chaired by a member of the school committee, and consist of a majority of non-school employees, including at least one parent.
Last Updated: 1/18/2012
Mandate: Code 59-10-10 (2005) mandates that students in grades K-5 must be provided with at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, 90 minutes of which must be provided in physical education. Students are required to complete 1 unit (out of 24) of physical education or junior ROTC for a high school diploma as outlined in Curriculum Requirements for a South Carolina High School Diploma and State Board of Education R 43-259 (2003).
Last Updated: 1/1/2013
Mandate: South Dakota schools are not required to provide instruction in physical education at any specific grade level. However, beginning with students who are freshman in the fall of 2013, a .5 unit of physical education is required for high school graduation (2009).
Last Updated: 12/29/2013
Mandate: The Rules of the State Board of Education, Minimum Requirements for the Approval of Public Schools 0520-1-3-.06 (2010) requires students in grades K-8 to complete physical education annually, and students in grades 9-12 to complete 1 unit of wellness that includes health and physical fitness. Graduation requirements include 1.5 credits of physical education and wellness.
Exemptions: Rules of the State Board of Education, Minimum Requirements for the Approval of Public Schools 0520-1-3-.05 (2010) states that pupils who have physical disabilities shall have the physical education and lifetime wellness program modified based on the annual written recommendation of a physician. The statement of the physician shall indicate the type of disability and include a recommended activity program. In addition, the rule permits school districts and schools to allow students to substitute JROTC for their required Lifetime Wellness credit in high school.
Curriculum Content: The Tennessee Department of Education has developed Physical Education Standards for pre-K through grade 12. The Lifetime Wellness Standards (2009) for grades 9-12 also include standards for personal fitness.
The Tennessee State Board of Education Physical Activity Policy 4.206 (2005) requires each LEA to implement the Physical Education and Other Physical Activity Module of the CDC’s School Health Index to assess and plan each school’s physical activity.
Physical Fitness Assessment: No state policy.
Last Updated: 9/24/2009
Mandate: Education Code 28.002 (2007) requires students in grades K-5 to participate in moderate or vigorous daily physical activity for at least 30 minutes throughout the school year. This may be accomplished through the physical education curriculum or daily recess. Students in grades 6-8 are required to participate in moderate or vigorous daily physical activity (as a part of the physical education curriculum) for at least 30 minutes for at least four semesters. If this is impractical due to scheduling or other factors, the district may require a student to participate in moderate or vigorous physical activity for 135 minutes per week or 225 minutes per two weeks on a block schedule.
Last Updated: 9/16/2011
Last Updated: 2/8/2012
Mandate: According to R277-700.3 (2004), the State Board of Education requires instruction in physical education in grades K-2 (as a part of integrated curriculum), grades 3-6, 1 credit in physical education in middle school according, and 1.5 credits in physical education for high school graduation.
Last Updated: 4/25/2012
Mandate: Code 22.1-207 (1991) requires that "physical and health education shall be emphasized throughout the public school curriculum by lessons, drills and physical exercises, and all pupils in the public elementary, middle, and high schools shall receive as part of the educational program such health instruction and physical training as shall be prescribed by the Board of Education and approved by the State Board of Health," but the statute does not specify grades levels or amounts of instructional time. State Board of Education Rule 8VAC20-320-10 (1980) requires all elementary and secondary schools to present a comprehensive health education program that focuses on providing instruction in physical fitness. House Joint Resolution No. 260 (2004) urges school districts to provide age-appropriate and culturally sensitive physical education to teach students how to conduct and maintain physically active lifestyles. HB1092 (2012) requires the Board of Education to develop physical education guidelines for public elementary and middle schools.
Last Updated: 10/3/2010
Mandate: 16 VSA 906 (1998) requires public schools to provide students with a physical education course of study, although duration and frequency are not specified. The State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices (2006) requires 1 years of physical education for high school graduation.
Last Updated: 3/6/2012
Mandate: RCW 28A.230.040 (1984) requires every student in grades 1-8 to receive instruction in physical education. RCW 28A.210.365 (2007) states that it's a goal of Washington state to ensure that by 2010 all students in grades 1-9 should have at least one hundred fifty minutes of quality physical education every week.
Last Updated: 3/26/2013
Mandate: Code PI 18.03 (1986) and Statute 118.33(1)a(1) requires 1.5 credits in physical education to be completed over three years which incorporates instruction in the effects of exercise on the human body, health-related physical fitness, and lifetime physical activities to be granted a high school diploma. Statute 121.02 (2001) and school district standards requires physical education at least three times per week for grades K-6, weekly for middle school, and three courses during high school in grades 9-12.
Last Updated: 2/23/2013
Mandate: Code 18-2-7a (2005) requires students in elementary school to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical education at least three days a week, at least one full period of physical education in middle scohol, and at least one full course credit of physical education for students in high school, although the amount of instruction is not specified.
Last Updated: 8/30/2013
Mandate: Rule 5218, Chapter 31 (2003) requires all public school children in grades 1-8 to be proficient in physical education as mandated by the State Board in the Wyoming Physical Education Content and Performance Standards (2008). Proficiency in physical education is also required for graduation from high school.
Exemptions: None specified.
Curriculum Content: The Wyoming Physical Education Content and Performance Standards (2008) sets benchmarks for standards that students must master in the grade spans of K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. While a curriculum framework is provided, specific courses, materials, or instructional methodology are not mandated by the state.
Physical Fitness Assessment: None.
Click the Print button to print only the content portion of the page. The left menu area and top header will not be printed