New Hampshire - PE K-12 curriculum—MS: Curricula

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statute; regulation

State law requires middle school PE curriculum.

New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 189:10 Studies

The school board shall ensure that health education and physical education are taught to pupils as part of the basic curriculum. The school board shall ensure that all studies prescribed by the state board of education are thoroughly taught, especially physiology, hygiene, and health and physical education as they relate to the effects of alcohol and other drugs, child abuse as established in the definition of “abused child” under RSA 169-C:3, II, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and sexually transmitted diseases on the human system.

New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 193-E:2-a Substantive Educational Content of an Adequate Education

I. Beginning in the school year 2008-2009, the specific criteria and substantive educational program that deliver the opportunity for an adequate education shall be defined and identified as the school approval standards in the following areas:

  • (a) English/language arts and reading.

  • (b) Mathematics.

  • (c) Science.

  • (d) Social studies.

  • (e) Arts education.

  • (f) World languages.

  • (g) Health education.

  • (h) Physical education.

  • (i) Technology education, and information and communication technologies.

New Hampshire Administrative Rules Ed 306.261 Kindergarten - Grade 8 School Curriculum

(b) The local school board shall adopt, for each school, a local time schedule which specifies the distribution of instructional time among the following learning areas to be taught in grades K-8, at all learning levels in the school:

  • (1) For the elementary grades K-8, where no middle school has been established by vote of the local school board:

    • d. Ed 306.41, relative to a physical education program

New Hampshire Administrative Rules Ed 306.41 Physical Education Program

(a) Pursuant to Ed 306.26 and Ed 306.27, the local school board shall require that a school physical education program for grades K-12 provides:

  • (1) Physical education as provided in (b) below; and

  • (2) Family and community partnerships.

(b) In the area of physical education, the local school board shall require that each school physical education program provides:

  • (1) Systematic instruction in grades K-12, designed to enable students to:

    • a. Demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities;

    • b. Demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, and performance of physical activities;

    • c. Participate regularly in physical activity;

    • d. Achieve and maintain a health enhancing level of physical fitness;

    • e. Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings; and

    • f. Value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self expression, and social interaction;
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