ERIC Number: ED351330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Achievement in School through Sports. First Year Impact Study.
American Sports Inst., Mill Valley, CA.
Promoting Achievement in School through Sports (PASS) is an academic high school curriculum developed by the American Sports Institute. It is a daily, year-long, credit-bearing, physical education elective for students who love sports but are not performing up to their academic potential. PASS is based on the concept that the principles and skills that lead to success in athletics are the same as those that lead to success in academics. Students in the course study eight fundamentals in athletic mastery: concentration, balance, relaxation, power, rhythm, flexibility, attitude, and instinct. Students are recommended for the class by their counselor, a teacher, or the athletic director. The program was pilot-tested at McAteer High School in 1990-1991 with nine PASS students and nine control group students. The goal for the first year of implementation--to increase the grade point average for half of the PASS students by a minimum of half a grade point--was met. Fifty-five percent of the PASS students increased their grades in academic subjects as well as physical education. The initial impact study confirms that PASS makes a difference in a student's academic performance as measured by overall grade point average in all courses, both including and excluding physical education courses. Results support the PASS premise that to improve the academic performance of those students involved in athletics, there needs to be an increased, rather than a decreased, emphasis on the appropriate study and practice of sports. (IAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Sports Inst., Mill Valley, CA.