Physical Education, taught by a licensed physical education specialist, is the school's instructional program that provides the optimal opportunity for all students to learn and develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

The Physical Education and Activity component promotes:
  • Competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms;
  • Movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills;
  • A physically active lifestyle;
  • The achievement and maintenance of a health-enhancing level of physical fitness;
  • Responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity setting; and
  • Opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction.

Goal: Advocate for education on the benefits of life-long physical activity, and supportive environment with enjoyable opportunities for students, families, staff, and community to engage in physical activity.

Physical Education Content Standards

The New Mexico Physical Education Content Standards with Benchmarks support schools to implement effective Physical Education. The Physical Education Standards developed for New Mexico are in line with the National Standards established for Physical Education. School districts must have their curriculum aligned to the standards and assess student progress at the benchmarks.

Life Long Physical Activity Approach

Life Long Physical Activity focuses on developing an enjoyment for life-long activities and calls for the emphasis to be placed on being able to set personal fitness goals. In order to accomplish this, physical education should be organized around the following:

  • Individual practice opportunities
  • Focus on individual skill acquisition
  • Sequential curriculum K-12 that allows students to build on previously learned skills

Physical Education curriculum, aligned to the New Mexico Physical Education content Standards with Benchmarks, will provide the means to promote enjoyment of life-long physical activities.

Related Links:

Healthier Schools New Mexico provides links to related sites only as a courtesy to our internet readers. Healthier Schools New Mexico makes no claim as to the accuracy of any information presented on other internet sites and is not responsible for their content.


School Health Rules on Physical Education & Activity

Physical Education

6.29.1 NMAC STANDARDS FOR EXCELLENCE GENERAL PROVISIONS:

  • Standards for Excellence General Provisions contains the requirements, educational standards and student expectations in public schools.  Specific to physical education, Standards for Excellence General Provisions requires:
    • Excuses from physical education.  The physical education graduation requirement may be waived by PED Secretary, based upon a request by the local superintendent or charter school administrator with documentation from a licensed medical doctor, osteopath, certified nurse practitioner or chiropractor with prescriptive authority, that the student has a permanent or chronic condition that does not permit physical activity.
    • All first, second, and third grade classes shall provide instruction that meets content standards, benchmarks and performance standards in physical education.
    • In fourth through eighth grades, instruction that meets academic content and performance standards shall be provided in physical education.
    • One (1) unit of physical education is required for graduation.

6.29.9 NMAC PHYSICAL EDUCATION CONTENT STANDARDS WITH BENCHMARKS AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:

  • New Mexico Physical Education Content Standards with Benchmarks and Performance Standards are mandated for students in grades K-12.  The New Mexico Physical Education Content Standards with Benchmarks were adopted in March 1997 as part of 6.30.2 NMAC; the Performance Standards were added in June 2007.
  • New Mexico Physical Education Content Standards with Benchmarks and Performance Standards were adapted from the national standards for physical education.
Wellness Policies

6.12.6 NMAC SCHOOL DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY:

  • This rule requires each school district and charter school to develop and implement local wellness policies that include:
    • A planned, sequential, K-12 physical education curriculum that provides the optimal opportunity for all students to learn and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in lifetime healthful physical activity and is aligned to the Physical Education Content Standards with Benchmarks and Performance Standards as set forth in 6.29.9 NMAC.

Physical Activity

Wellness Policies

6.12.6 NMAC SCHOOL DISTRICT WELLNESS POLICY:

  • This rule requires each school district and charter school to develop and implement local wellness policies that include:
    • Guidelines to provide physical activity opportunities to students before, during and/or after school.
Interscholastic Athletics:

6.13.2.9 NMAC (2000) states that interscholastic activities are an integral and essential component of the curricula within New Mexico schools. These activities must be fair, open and consistent and organized, supervised, and regulated by both the State Board of Education and the New Mexico Activities Association.   6.13.3.8 NMAC (2000) sets the eligibility requirements for student participation in interscholastic student activities. State Board of Education Administrative Code 6.13.4.8 NMAC (2000) requires local school boards to comparable athletic opportunities for both sexes.

Concussion and Sports-Related Head Injury:

22-13-31 NMSA 1978, SB1 (2010) prohibits a coach from allowing a student athlete from participating in a school athletic activity on the same day that the student exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a brain injury after a coach, a school official or a student athlete reports, observes or suspects that a student athlete exhibiting these signs, symptoms or behaviors has sustained a brain injury; or has been diagnosed with a brain injury. A coach may allow a student athlete who has been prohibited from participating in a school athletic activity to participate again no sooner than one week after the student athlete has received a brain injury and only after the student athlete: (1) no longer exhibits any sign, symptom or behavior consistent with a brain injury; and(2) receives a medical release from a licensed health care professional.

School Athletics Equity Act

6.13.4 NMAC INTERSCHOLASTIC ATIVITIES: School Athletics Equity (22-31-1 through 22-31-6 NMSA)