State law requires middle school PE curriculum.
Minnesota Administrative Rules 3501.1400 Scope and Purpose.
The purpose of these Standard is to establish statewide Standard for physical education that govern instruction of students in kindergarten through grade 12. The state of Minnesota's Standard for physical education are the current Standard developed by SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators).
Minnesota Statutes 120A.22 Compulsory Instruction.
Subdivision 9. Knowledge and skills. Instruction must be provided in at least the following subject areas: (1) basic communication skills including reading and writing, literature, and fine arts; (2) mathematics and science; (3) social studies including history, geography, economics, government, and citizenship; and (4) health and physical education. Instruction, textbooks, and materials must be in the English language. Another language may be used pursuant to sections 124D.59 to 124D.61.
Minnesota Statutes 120B.021 Required academic Standard.
Subdivision 1. Required academic Standard. a) The following subject areas are required for statewide accountability:
- (1) language arts;
- (2) mathematics;
- (3) science;
- (4) social studies, including history, geography, economics, and government and citizenship that includes civics consistent with section 120B.02, subdivision 3;
- (5) physical education;
- (6) health, for which locally developed academic Standard apply; and
- (7) the arts, for which statewide or locally developed academic Standard apply, as determined by the school district. Public elementary and middle schools must offer at least three and require at least two of the following four arts areas: dance; music; theater; and visual arts. Public high schools must offer at least three and require at least one of the following five arts areas: media arts; dance; music; theater; and visual arts.
National Physical Education Standards and Minnesota Benchmarks
Physical education Standard serve as a guide for districts for locally developed Standard providing sample grade-specific benchmarks for K-10 physical education.