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Subpart 1.


"Developmental adapted physical education: special education" means specially designed physical education instruction and services for pupils with disabilities who have a substantial delay or disorder in physical development. Developmental adapted physical education: special education instruction for pupils age three through 21 may include development of physical fitness, motor fitness, fundamental motor skills and patterns, skills in aquatics, dance, individual and group games, and sports.

Students with conditions such as obesity, temporary injuries, and short-term or temporary illness or disabilities are termed special needs students. Special needs students are not eligible for developmental adapted physical education: special education. Provisions and modifications for these students must be made within regular physical education.

Subp. 2.


A pupil is eligible for developmental adapted physical education: special education if the team determines the pupil meets the criteria in items A and B.


The pupil has one of the following disabilities in each respective criteria in parts 3525.1325 to 3525.1341, 3525.1345, and 3525.1354: autism spectrum disorders, deaf-blind, emotional or behavioral disorders, deaf or hard of hearing, specific learning disability, developmental cognitive disability, severely multiply impaired, other health disability, physically impaired, visually impaired, traumatic brain injury or part 3525.1351.


The pupil is determined by the team to need specially designed physical education instruction because:


the pupil's performance on an appropriately selected, technically adequate, norm-referenced psychomotor or physical fitness instrument is 1.5 standard deviations or more below the mean. The instrument must be individually administered by appropriately licensed teachers; or


the pupil's development or achievement and independence in school, home, and community settings is inadequate to allow the pupil to succeed in the regular physical education program as supported by written documentation from two or more of the following: motor and skill checklists; informal tests; criterion-referenced measures; deficits in achievement related to the defined curriculum; medical history or reports; parent and staff interviews; systematic observations; and social, emotional, and behavioral assessments.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 121.11; L 1994 c 647 art 3 s 23; L 1999 c 123 s 19,20


19 SR 2432; L 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; 26 SR 657; 32 SR 653

Published Electronically:

October 12, 2007

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Revisor of Statutes