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Physical Education K-12 Curriculum—HS

Physical Education K-12 Curriculum—HS

State law requires high school PE curriculum.

New Hampshire Administrative Rules Ed 306.2 High School Graduation Requirements

(c) The local school board shall require that a program of studies shall be offered for each high school that enables each student to engage in and demonstrate achievement outlined for graduation as well as other educational experiences and instructional activities as follows:

  • 9) Ed 306.41, relative to a physical education program
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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 1-12 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 1-12, 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;

  • (2) A planned 1-12 curriculum in physical education that will provide for:

  • a. A variety of motor skills that are designed to enhance the physical, mental, social, and emotional development of every child;

  • b. Fitness education and assessment to help children understand and improve or maintain their physical well-being;

  • c. Development of cognitive concepts about motor skills and fitness;

  • d. Opportunities to improve children’s emerging social and cooperative skills and to gain a multicultural perspective;

  • e. Promotion of regular amounts of appropriate physical activity now and throughout life; and

  • f. Utilization of technology in attaining instruction, curricular, and assessment goals; and

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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.

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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 Standard 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, including a policy for violations of RSA 126-K:8, I(a).

  • (h) Physical education.

  • (i) Engineering and technologies.

  • (j) Computer science and digital literacy.

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