June 29, 2020 Committee of the Full Board Item 1


Public Hearing on Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 116, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Physical Education

June 29, 2020

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: DISCUSSION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: NO ACTION

SUMMARY: A public hearing before the State Board of Education (SBOE) is scheduled for Monday, June 29, 2020. Testimony will be presented virtually regarding proposed revisions to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 116, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Physical Education, Subchapter A, Elementary; Subchapter B, Middle School; and Subchapter C, High School. Due to the anticipated volume of testimony, testimony will be limited to two minutes per person.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4); 28.002(a), (c), and (d); and 28.025(a).

TEC, §7.102(c)(4), requires the SBOE to establish curriculum and graduation requirements.

TEC, §28.002(a), identifies the subjects of the required curriculum.

TEC, §28.002(c), requires the SBOE to by rule identify the essential knowledge and skills of each subject in the required curriculum that all students should be able to demonstrate and that will be used in evaluating instructional materials and addressed on the state assessment instruments.

TEC, §28.002(d), requires the SBOE by rule to adopt essential knowledge and skills for the physical education curriculum.

TEC, §28.025(a), requires the SBOE to by rule determine the curriculum requirements for the foundation high school graduation program that are consistent with the required curriculum under TEC, §28.002.

The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: In accordance with statutory requirements that the SBOE by rule identify the essential knowledge and skills of each subject in the required curriculum, the SBOE follows a board-approved cycle to review and revise the essential knowledge and skills for each subject.

The review of the physical education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) is taking place concurrently with the review of the health education TEKS. In March 2019, applications to serve on the physical education TEKS review work groups were posted on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. At the April 2019 meeting, SBOE members were asked to designate content advisors for the physical education TEKS review. In May 2019, TEA distributed a survey to collect information from educators regarding the review and revision of the physical education TEKS. TEA staff provided applications for the physical education review work groups to SBOE members on a monthly basis from June 2019 to May 2020.

In August 2019, content advisors met in a face-to-face meeting to develop consensus recommendations regarding revisions to the physical education TEKS to share with future work groups. At that time, the content advisors met with representatives from Work Group A to discuss the consensus recommendations. Work Group A convened in September 2019 to review survey results and recommend specific topics that should be included in the proposed framework developed by the content advisors. The work group was also charged with identifying where student expectations from the current TEKS would fit into the proposed framework. Work Group B was convened in October 2019 and was charged with identifying the grade levels where topics developed by Work Group A should be taught. Work Group C was convened in December 2019 to draft recommendations for student expectations for two of the six strands in the proposed framework. Work Group D was convened at the end of February 2020 to draft recommendations for the remaining strands. Work Group E was convened in for a face-to-face meeting in March 2020 and in subsequent virtual meetings in April-May 2020 to review the vertical alignment of the strands across all grade levels and to ensure horizontal alignment with the health education TEKS. In May 2020, content advisors were sent the draft recommendations for review and met virtually to develop consensus recommendations to be provided to the SBOE.

Discussion of proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 116, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Physical Education, Subchapter A, Elementary; Subchapter B, Middle School; and Subchapter C, High School, is presented as a separate item in this agenda.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner, Standards and Support Services
Shelly Ramos, Senior Director, Curriculum Standards and Student Support