TAHPERD Philosophy
Statement on Physical Education

Physical education is an essential part of the total education program and makes significant contributions toward the achievement of desirable educational outcomes through the medium of physical activity and related experiences.

TEA Seeking Committee Members for Review of PE Educator Certification Exams
CLICK HERE for Committee Profile Sheet

>> CLICK HERE for a list of
Texas schools registered for LMAS.

>> CLICK HERE for a list of
number of schools registered
per state for LMAS (As of 5/31/14).

Fun Facts Trivia Calendar

Janice Swope, 2010 TAHPERD Elementary PE Teacher of the Year, retired two years ago. Her Fun Facts Calendars were always a big hit with TAHPERD members. The TAHPERD staff will recycle Janice's work and add new material where needed to continue to provide you with this fun activity. If you have suggestions or trivia to share, please send to diana@tahperd.org.

Students write down their answer and their teacher's name and turn in them in before lunch. The winners are announced during lunch.

The theme for February is Heart
>> CLICK HERE for the February calendar.

The theme for March is Texas
>> CLICK HERE for the March calendar.


Sample Letters
>> FITNESSGRAM Sample Letter to Parents
>> FITNESSGRAM Parent Letter & Texas Law Info
>> FITNESSGRAM Sample Letter en Espanol

FITNESSGRAM results are available from Barney Fudge, TEA Statewide Coordinator for Health and Safety, william.fudge@
, (512) 463-9581

State funding enables Texas public schools to upgrade to the new FITNESSGRAM 10 web hosted state version. All Texas local education agencies (LEAs) can upgrade each of their schools to FITNESSGRAM10 (FG10) at NO COST until May 2015 with funding provided by the 83rd Texas Legislature. The upgrade will provide a district site license, which provides software access to all LEAs, updated FITNESSGRAM test manual, and key code access to the online FITNESSGRAM media. LEAs will be able to complete an online form instead of transmitting data to TEA. Contact Kathy Goodlett.

>> CLICK HERE for Texas related information. 

UIL Creates Para Track Program for 2014

Several changes are occurring in disability sport offerings in Texas and nationally, especially the updates dealing with UIL Wheelchair Track & Field (Para Track).
>> CLICK HERE for UIL Wheelchair Track & Field (Para Track) rules.

Clarification of Fitness Testing for
Special Needs Students & FAQ

Fitness Testing of Special Needs Students
The Texas required fitness testing of all students in grades 3-12 has created some questions concerning the testing of students with special needs. The law requiring fitness testing allows administrators of school districts to make the decision to test their students with special needs or not  and most are following the students individual education plan as it relates to physical activity. However, TAHPERD members and leadership want as many students included in the testing process as is possible and reasonable. To address this issue, three of our members created a paper providing information on fitness testing of special needs students.

>> CLICK HERE to access the paper.

>> CLICK HERE to access FAQs on Exempting Fitness Testing.

Heart Video
>> CLICK HERE to watch the Heart Video


Texas Woman’s University
Adapted Physical Education Master’s Program
(French, R. 1997- 2004)

In Cooperation with Denton Independent
School District Adapted Physical Educators

Participation in physical education can contribute to positive attitudes regarding vigorous activity as essential throughout life to maintain health and to enrich the quality of life. Because of its unique and essential contribution to the total education program, the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance strongly recommends quality daily physical education instruction be required for grades K-12.

Texas Law as it pertains to Physical Education and Health Education in K-12

TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) – Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, Part II, Chapter 116, TEKS for Physical Education and Health Education

Minutes of TEKS based physical activity required - Texas Education Code (TEC), Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28, Subchapter A

> Elementary School – grades K-6 – 30 minutes MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity) daily or 135 minutes per week or 225 minutes per two weeks if in block schedule

> Junior High – Middle School – grades 6-8 – 30 minutes MVPA daily for at least 4 semesters during these grades as part of district’s physical education curriculum.

> High School – grades 9-12 – 1 credit (2 semesters) of physical education

CPR – AED Instruction required - Texas Education Code (TEC), Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28.0023

> Before high school graduation, students in grades 7-12 must receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation.

SHAC – School Health Advisory Council and Health Education Instruction - Texas Education Code (TEC), Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28.004

> Each school district shall establish a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

> Details on structure and function are in this chapter and also on the Texas Department of State Health Services website: CLICK HERE
A SHAC guidebook is provided here.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Adapted Physical Education in Texas....
Click below to find answers to 45 of the most frequently asked questions about adapted physical education.
CLICK HERE for answers.

TAHPERD 2014 Adapted
Physical Activities Committee

Local District Adapted Physical Activity Website:
Denton ISD Adapted Physical Education

College/University Teacher Preparation
Programs in Texas:
To access a list of colleg es and
universities in Texas that offer Adapted Physical Education
Teacher Preparation Programs

Adapted Physical Education Manual of Best Practices
TAHPERD has produced a practical, easy-to-use resource guide for implementing Adapted Physical Education into your curriculum. CLICK HERE for order form.

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