Texas - PE K-12 curriculum—HS: Curricula

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statute; regulation

State law requires high school PE curriculum.

Texas Education Code Sec. 28.002. REQUIRED CURRICULUM

(d) The physical education curriculum required under Subsection (a)(2)(C) must be sequential, developmentally appropriate, and designed, implemented, and evaluated to enable students to develop the motor, self-management, and other skills, knowledge, attitudes, and confidence necessary to participate in physical activity throughout life. Each school district shall establish specific objectives and goals the district intends to accomplish through the physical education curriculum.


(b-1) The State Board of Education by rule shall require that the curriculum requirements for the foundation high school program under Subsection (a) include a requirement that students successfully complete:

  • (8) except as provided by Subsection (b-11), one credit in physical education under Section 28.002(a)(2)(C)

Texas Administrative Code Title 19 RULE §74.1 Essential Knowledge and Skills

(a) A school district that offers kindergarten through Grade 12 must offer the following as a required curriculum:

Texas Administrative Code Title 19 RULE §74.3 Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum

(2) The school district must offer the courses listed in this paragraph and maintain evidence that students have the opportunity to take these courses:

  • (E) physical education--at least two courses selected from Foundations of Personal Fitness, Adventure/Outdoor Education, Aerobic Activities, or Team or Individual Sports;
    Source: Office of the Secretary of State

Texas Administrative Code. 116.52. Foundations of Personal Fitness (One-Half Credit).

(b) Introduction.

  • (1) In Physical Education, students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, and access to a physically-active lifestyle. The student exhibits a physically-active lifestyle and understands the relationship between physical activity and health throughout the lifespan.
  • (2) Foundations of Personal Fitness represents a new approach in physical education and the concept of personal fitness. The basic purpose of this course is to motivate students to strive for lifetime personal fitness with an emphasis on the health-related components of physical fitness. The knowledge and skills taught in this course include teaching students about the process of becoming fit as well as achieving some degree of fitness within the class. The concept of wellness, or striving to reach optimal levels of health, is the corner stone of this course and is exemplified by one of the course objectives-students designing their own personal fitness program.
    Source: Office of the Secretary of State
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