Texas - PE teaches skills for a healthy life: Standards

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law requires teaching skills for a healthy life.

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.


Texas Administrative Code Title 19 RULE §74.37 Public School Physical Education Curriculum

(a) The essential knowledge and skills for physical education shall:

  • (1) emphasize the knowledge and skills capable of being used during a lifetime of regular physical activity;
  • (2) be consistent with national physical education standards for:

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

Texas Administrative Code. 116.22. Physical Education, Grade 6.

(a) 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 life span.
  • (2) In Grades 6-8, students understand in greater detail the function of the body, learn to measure their own performance more accurately, and develop plans for improvement. They learn to use technology such as heart rate monitors to assist in measuring and monitoring their own performance. Identifying the types of activities that provide them with enjoyment and challenge and that will encourage them to be physically active throughout life is reinforced during instruction in these grades.
    Source: Office of the Secretary of State

Texas Administrative Code. 116.3. Physical Education, Grade 1.

(a) 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) First grade students continue to develop basic body control, fundamental movement skills, and health-related fitness components such as strength, endurance, and flexibility. Students can state key performance cues for basic movement patterns such as throwing and catching. Students continue to learn rules and procedures for simple games and apply safety practices associated with physical activities.
    Source: Office of the Secretary of State
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