ERIC Number: ED300422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
No Pass--No Play: Impact on Failures, Dropouts, and Course Enrollments.
The impact on some student behavior of the no pass/no play rule enacted in Texas was studied for the variables of: (1) grades; (2) enrollment in honors courses; and (3) dropping out. Under the rule, enacted in 1985, a student must pass every course (with an average of at least 70) or sit out extracurricular activities in the next 6-week grading period. Focus is on the rule's impact on high school students in the Austin (Texas) Independent School District. Selected student data for the school years between 1982 and 1988 are provided. Students did fail fewer courses under the new rule, particularly in the fall semester. The decline in failure was greater for those participating in extracurriculars. Overall, the dropout rate did not increase, although there was a possible increase for those participating in varsity sports. Enrollments in honors courses did not decline under the new rule. Students agreed that the rule encouraged them to make better grades. On balance, the new rule appears to have had a positive effect. Since many other changes were implemented at the same time, it is difficult to be sure that these changes are attributable to no pass/no play, but there are no evident negative effects in the areas of course enrollments and overall dropout rates. Attachments include a list of courses involving extracurricular activities and a table showing percentages of failures. Six statistical figures are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.