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Impact of “C” Average Policy on Extracurricular Participation. Richland School District One Office of Research & Evaluation August 11, 2004. “C” Average Policy. Adopted January 2000; revised June 2000

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impact of c average policy on extracurricular participation
Impact of “C” Average Policyon Extracurricular Participation

Richland School District One

Office of Research & Evaluation

August 11, 2004

c average policy
“C” Average Policy
  • Adopted January 2000; revised June 2000
  • Participation in extracurricular activities in grades 6-12 is contingent on 2.0 GPA in the preceding semester
  • 4 year phase in period
    • 6-7, 9-10 for 2000-2001
    • 6-11 for 2001-2002
    • 6-12 for 2002-2003
tracking extracurricular activities gpas
Tracking Extracurricular Activities & GPAs
  • Student participation in extracurricular activities is recorded in the SASI database
  • Athletic directors and team sponsors record participation directly into SASI or provide the information to the database specialist
  • GPAs are stored in SASI, but were calculated by Research & Evaluation for the C-Average Report
august 2004 report
August 2004 Report
  • Examines impact of the policy on athletes
  • Examines participation in athletics
  • Reviews athletic participation and GPA data for grades 7 and 8 in middle schools and grades 9-12 in high schools
  • Students excluded from participation for 2003-2004 are not included in the sports presented
  • Includes data for 2,131 team participants across 14 sports
impact of c average policy
Impact of “C” Average Policy
  • Compliance to the policy for 2004 Spring sports
  • Ineligibility for 2004 Fall/Winter sports for students in grades 7-11
  • Motivation for students to improve their GPAs
compliance
Compliance
  • 2% of Spring 2004 athletes (N=18) failed to meet the 2.0 GPA requirement
    • Out-of-district transfers with GPA < 2.0, but eligible according to SCHSL policy, allowed to participate on probation for one semester
    • Non-diploma track special education students
    • Appeals
    • GPA Errors
  • Note: Entering 9th graders allowed to participate and given one semester to obtain 2.0 GPA, but this only applies to Fall sports and not Spring sports
spring 2004 gpas of students participating in fall winter sports 2003 grades 7 1112
Spring 2004 GPAs of Students Participating in Fall/Winter Sports 2003 (Grades 7-11)

Students entering the 6th and 9th grades are allowed to participate and given one semester to obtain the required 2.0 GPA.

ineligibility
Ineligibility
  • Ineligibility for Fall/Winter 2004 sports
  • 299 Fall/Winter sport athletes in grades 7-11 had Spring GPAs < 2.0
  • Could participate in Fall/Winter 2004 sports if:
    • enter 9th grade in Fall 2004
    • pull up GPA after attending summer school
    • win an appeal
motivation
Motivation
  • Approximately 18% of Fall/Winter athletes in grades 7-11 had a GPA below 2.0 at the end of the 2003 Fall semester
  • Of these athletes whose GPAs dropped below 2.0, 35% had pulled their GPAs up to 2.0 by the end of the Spring semester (as compared with 29% of all students in grades 7-12 pulled their GPAs up to 2.0 by the end of the Spring semester)
spring semester gpas of athletes
Spring Semester GPAs of Athletes
  • Of the 2,131 middle and high school athletes with GPA data, 18% had GPAs less than 2.0
  • The percentage of student athletes with GPAs less than 2.0 was significantly lower than the percentage of all students with GPAs less than 2.0
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