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Student Accountability Initiatives: No Pass No Play

No-pass, no-play is a policy in which a student's eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities and interscholastic sports is conditioned upon good academic standing and/or regular attendance.

Why does it matter? The desire to participate in sports and other activities can play a strong role in encouraging attendance and engagement in learning.

Highlights:

  • Sixteen states have "no-pass, no-play" policies.
  • Twelve states condition eligibility on student academic performance.
  • Three states (Kentucky, Nevada and New Mexico) condition eligibility on student academic performance and/or compliance with school attendance requirements.
  • One state (Maryland) require districts to formulate policies based on student academic performance.

  • Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Sources for all data points are available through this link.

    Last updated: July 30, 2007

    Research conducted by Michael Colasanti. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database.

    No Pass No Play
    Alabama
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: Eligibility for extracurricular activities is determined by the student's grades.
  • Alaska
  • No
  • American Samoa
    Arizona
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: Eligibility for extracurricular activities is determined by earning a passing grade in each course enrolled and satisfactory progress towards promotion/graduation.
  • Arkansas
  • No
  • California
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: Students must maintain satisfactory educational progress to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Colorado
  • No
  • Connecticut
  • No
  • Delaware
  • No
  • District of Columbia
  • No
  • Florida
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: Students must have a GPA above 2.0 and must maintain satisfactory conduct to be eligible to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities.
  • Georgia
  • No
  • Hawaii
  • No
  • Idaho
  • No
  • Illinois
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: Students must maintain a minimum GPA to be eligible for extracurricular activities.
  • Indiana
  • No
  • Iowa
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: To be eligible to participate in interscholastic competition, students must receive credit in at least four subjects and must make adequate progress toward graduation requirements at the end of each grading period.
  • Kansas
  • No
  • Kentucky
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: Student participation in extracurricular activities is based on academic qualifications and attendance requirements.
  • Louisiana
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: To participate in extracurricular activities and interscholastic sports, all students must meet the eligibility requirements of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association which requires that students must pass at least five subjects and earn a minimum 1.5 GPA each semester.
  • Maine
  • No
  • Maryland
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: Each local school system is required to establish standards of participation which assure that students involved in interscholastic athletics are making satisfactory progress toward graduation.
  • Massachusetts
  • No
  • Michigan
  • No
  • Minnesota
  • No
  • Mississippi
  • No
  • Missouri
  • No
  • Montana
  • No
  • Nebraska
  • No
  • Nevada
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: For students who participate in a sanctioned sport, they must enroll in a course of at least two units of credit and regularly attend a school. Students must successfully complete a course of at least two units of credit for the immediately preceding semester. If they fail to complete successfully the course for that semester, they are ineligible to participate in a sanctioned sport for one semester.
  • New Hampshire
  • No
  • New Jersey
  • No
  • New Mexico
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and cannot miss more than 15 days at school to be eligible to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities.
  • New York
  • No
  • North Carolina
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: Students must pass at least 75% of the maximum of possible courses each semester and meet promotion standards established by the district to participate in interscholastic athletic competition.
  • North Dakota
  • No
  • Ohio
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: Students must maintain a minimum GPA and cannot be failing any course to be eligible to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities.
  • Oklahoma
  • No
  • Oregon
  • No
  • Pennsylvania
  • No
  • Puerto Rico
  • No
  • Rhode Island
  • No
  • South Carolina
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: To participate in interscholastic activities, students in grades nine through twelve must achieve an overall passing average and either pass at least four academic courses, including each unit the student takes that is required for graduation or pass a total of five academic courses.
  • South Dakota
  • No
  • Tennessee
  • No
  • Texas
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: To be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, students must maintain a 70% in all non-honors or advanced classes.
  • Utah
  • No
  • Vermont
  • No
  • Virgin Islands
  • No
  • Virginia
  • No
  • Washington
  • No
  • West Virginia
  • Yes
    Notes/Citation: A student is required to do passing work in the equivalent of at least 20 periods (four subjects with full credit toward graduation) per week to be eligible to participate in athletics. Failure to earn passing marks in four full credit subjects during a semester shall render a student ineligible for the following semester.
  • Wisconsin
  • No
  • Wyoming
  • No


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