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School District Standards-Physical Education

School District Standards - Wis. Stat. sec. 121.02 and Wis. Admin. Code sec. PI 8

Standard J

  1. Comprehensive curriculum and program of instruction for all pupils.
  2. K-6 -- Three times per week minimum.
  3. In a middle school format, grade 6 weekly minimum.
  4. K-6 by or under the direction of a licensed physical education teacher.
  5. Senior high schools -- One year may be optional to pupils.

Standard K

  1. K-12 Sequential curriculum plan.
  2. Objectives-sequence-content-resources-instructional time by week/semester/school term.
  3. Evaluation method.

Standard L

  1. K-4 Regular instruction--Each week for an entire school year to meet the plan required in (K).(Note: See J -- K-6 three times per week.)
  2. 5-8 Regular instruction -- Each week for the entire school year to meet the plan required in (K).
  3. 9-12 -- Access for pupils each year.

Standard P

  1. In grades 9-12 at least 1.5 credits of physical education incorporating effects of exercise, health-related fitness, and lifetime activities.
  2. Credits must be earned over three separate years.

On April 14, 2006, the Governor approved Act 346, which allows school boards and charter schools to establish single-sex schools and courses. Act 346 amended §§ 118.13(1), 118.40(4)(b)2, 119.04(1), and 119.22, Wisconsin Statutes, and created §§ 118.40(4)(c) and 120.13(38), Wisconsin Statutes. You can access Act 346 here.

On January 31, 2007, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights issued a letter announcing amendments to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 regulations. These new regulations were published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2006, and took effect on November 24, 2006.

To meet the requirements of the revised Title IX regulations, districts must have an “important educational reason,” provide equal opportunities for both sexes, evaluate their single sex programs by annually collecting data related to the important educational reason, and avoid stereotyping or generalizing about the interests, needs, and talents of females or males. More details on meeting the requirements of the revised Title IX regulations can be found here.

Recipients of financial assistance from the Department that choose to provide single-sex education should carefully evaluate their policies and practices and ensure their programs meet the requirements of the regulations.

For questions about this information, contact (608) 266-8960