Wisconsin - PE K-12 curriculum—HS: Curricula

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statute; regulation

State law requires high school PE curriculum.

Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations 118.33 High school graduation standards; criteria for promotion.

(a) Except as provided in pars. (d), (e), (em), and (es), a school board may not grant a high school diploma to any pupil unless the pupil satisfies the requirement under sub. (1m) (a) and has earned:

    1. In the high school grades, all of the following:
      • e. At least 1.5 credits of physical education.
    1. In grades 7 to 12, at least 0.5 credit of health education.

    Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations 121.02 School district standards.

(1)  Except as provided in s. 118.40 (2r) (d), each school board shall:

  • (L)
    1. In grades 9 to 12, provide access to an educational program that enables pupils each year to study English, social studies, mathematics, science, vocational education, foreign language, physical education, art and music. In this subdivision, “access” means an opportunity to study through school district course offerings, independent study, cooperative educational service agencies, or cooperative arrangements between school boards or between school boards and postsecondary educational institutions.

    Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 18.03 High school graduation standards.

(5) The physical education credits required under s. 118.33 (1) (a), Stats., shall incorporate instruction on a variety of motor skills and movement patterns, concept knowledge, health-related fitness, responsible personal and social behavior, and the value of physical activity.
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Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 8.01 School district standards.

  1. Physical education instruction shall be provided in accordance with a developmental, sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum and program of instruction for all pupils. Instruction in grades kindergarten through 6 shall be provided at least 3 times weekly, except that days on which special activities are conducted may be exempt; and shall be conducted by or under the direction of a licensed physical education teacher. Pupils in grade 6 may be scheduled in accordance with the criteria for scheduling grades 7 through 12 if the pupils are attending a school that includes any of those grades. All pupils in grades 7 through 12 shall participate in the instructional program of physical education taught by a licensed physical education teacher, except that in senior high schools one year or the equivalent may be optional to pupils.
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