• Michele Rusnak,
    Health & PE Supervisor,
  • Tracy Lunoff,
    Health & PE Supervisor,
  • Pat Werner,
    Health & PE Specialist,
  • Diana Perez,
    Health & PE Bookkeeper,
  • Ian Kahn,
    Staff Wellness Specialist,
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Important Information Regarding Adapted Physical Education

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), Public Law 108-466 (2004), states that physical education is a required service for children and youth between the ages of 3-21 who qualify for special education services because of a specific disability or developmental delay

AISD has an outstanding Adapted Physical Education (APE) program. There are 11 APE teachers that all grade levels. There are 5 elementary, 3 middle school and 2 high school APE teachers. There is also 1 APE teacher at Rosedale. Students must have been formally evaluated and recommended by an Annual Review and Dismissal Committee to be eligible for direct services by an APE teacher. Students will be taught grade level Physical Education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills through various accommodations and/or modifications. They will also be assessed on their physical fitness based on their individual needs and restrictions. Secondary APE students will participate in bowling and other activities every other Friday.

APE Service Information

APE Teachers and Assignments

Physical Activity Limitation Information

Some students may be limited or exempt from all or some physical activities based on their individual needs. A student must have the Restricted Physical Activity Student Report or other formal documentation completed by a member of the healing arts licensed to practice in Texas to be exempt from any physical activities, including the Fitnessgram Assessment. Students will be required to learn the Physical Education TEKS through accommodations and/or modifications.


Accommodations and Modifications


The term "accommodation" may be used to describe an alteration of environment, curriculum format, or equipment that allows an individual with a disability to gain access to content and/or complete assigned tasks. They allow students with disabilities to pursue a regular course of study. Since accommodations do not alter what is being taught (TEKS), instructors should be able to implement the same grading scale for students with disabilities as they do for students without disabilities.

The term "modification" may be used to describe a change in the curriculum. Modifications are made for students with disabilities who are unable to comprehend and/or physically demonstrate the content (TEKS).

Accommodations vs. Modifications

Curriculum Definitions

Differentiation Instructional Strategies


Proficiency Tests


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