Dallas ISD Physical Education
Physical Education in Dallas ISD focuses on the unique role this content area has in developing health-related fitness, physical competence, positive social behaviors, and cognitive understanding of physical activity.
Elementary School Physical Education
The district will ensure that students in full-day prekindergarten through grade five engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day or 135 minutes per week.
The district will ensure that students in middle school engage in 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day for at least four semesters OR at least 225 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity within a two-week period for at least four semesters.
- Students will participate in two semesters of Physical Education in 6th grade, one semester in 7th grade and one semester in 8th grade.
- Students may substitute Physical Education in 6th grade by participating in the following courses:
- Students may substitute Physical Education in 7th and 8th grade by participating in the following courses:
High School Physical Education
Students are required to earn 1.0 graduation credits in Physical Education or an approved substitution.
Up to 1.0 graduation credits can be received by participating in any of the following courses:
- Foundations of Personal Fitness
- Outdoor Adventure Education
- Team / Individual Sports
- Aerobic Activities
Every campus shall offer at least two of the above.
The 1.0 physical education credit may also be earned through participation in any of the following activities:
- Drill team
- Marching band
- Off Campus PE
- All substitution activities must include at least 100 minutes per five-day school week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.
- No more than four substitution credits may be earned through any combination of substitutions listed above.
- The District must apply to the Commissioner for approval of appropriate private or commercially sponsored physical activity programs conducted on or off campus which may be substituted for state graduation credit in Physical Education.
FitnessGram Fitness Assessment
Each school year the District will assess the physical fitness of students in grade 3 or higher in a course that satisfies the curriculum requirements for Physical Education using the required FitnessGram fitness assessment. The assessment includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests that assess aerobic capacity; muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility; and body composition. Scores from these assessments are compared to Healthy Fitness Zone® standards to determine students' overall physical fitness and suggest areas for improvement when appropriate.
Students to be assessed by grade level:
- Elementary: all students enrolled in grades 3-5;
- Middle School: all students enrolled in Physical Education, Athletics, Dance or Leadership Cadet Corps that are receiving a PE unit; and
- High School: all students enrolled in Physical Education, Athletics, JROTC, Marching Band, Drill Team or Cheerleading who are receiving PE credit.
Parents may request a copy of their student's FitnessGram Report from their Physical Education teacher. More information about the FitnessGram Assessment can be found on the Cooper Institute's FitnessGram Resource Page.
Urban School Wellness Department
Rhonda Rutherford-Odom, Coordinator
2909 N. Buckner Blvd., 4th Floor, Box 399
Dallas, Texas 75228