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Posted:  July 31, 2008

Information  on UIL: Courses Exempt from No Pass No Play Rules

Based on the language of Texas Education Code, please find the following information on courses eligible for exemption from No Pass No Play for the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year.

According to IISD policy, any student who fails a Pre-AP or AP class two consecutive six weeks will NOT be allowed to participate in UIL sanctioned extra-curricular activities as outlined in Local Board Policy.

Text of Amendment to 19 TAC
Chapter 74. Curriculum Requirements
Subchapter C. Other Provisions

74.30. Identification of Honors Courses.

 (a) The following are identified as honors classes as referred to in the Texas Education Code,

 33.081(d)(1), concerning extracurricular activities:

 (1) all College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in all disciplines;

 (2) English language arts: high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the "Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One)";

 (3) Languages other than English: high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the "Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One)," and languages other than English courses Levels IV-VII;

 (4) Mathematics: high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the "Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One) " and Precalculus;

 (5) Science: high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the "Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One)"; and

 (6) Social studies: Social Studies Advanced Studies, Economics Advanced Studies, and high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the "Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One)."

 (b) Districts may identify additional honors courses in the subject areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, economics, or a language other than English for the purpose of this section, but must identify such courses prior to the semester in which any exemptions related to extracurricular activities occur.

 (c) Districts are neither required to nor restricted from considering courses as honors for the purpose of grade point average calculation.

The amendment above, adopted by the State Board of Education, modifies the definition of advanced courses and aligns the rule with newly amended Texas Education Code, 33.081, which narrows the number of courses that may be exempt from "No Pass, No Play" requirements. The amendment was adopted with no changes from what was published as proposed.

The courses referenced in section (b) above do not have to be submitted to the University Interscholastic League, they may be maintained at the local school district level.

Effective Date: June 23, 2008.

Irving ISD Board Policy

Board Policy FM(Legal)

SUSPENSION FROM EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

A student shall be suspended from participation in any extracurricular activity sponsored or sanctioned by the District or the UIL after a grade evaluation period in which the student received a grade lower than the equivalent of 70 on a scale of 100 in any academic class other than a course described below as ADVANCED COURSES.

Board Policy FM(Local)

ADVANCED CLASSES

As required by the Texas Education Code provisions related to curriculum requirements, the following courses are identified as advanced classes:

  1. Any class receiving gifted/talented, honors, or Pre-Advanced Placement credit.

  2. Any class receiving dual credit.

  3. Any class receiving Advanced Placement (AP) credit.

Grades earned in such courses shall not affect student eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.  (See exemptions below.)

ADVANCED COURSE EXEMPTION RESTRICTIONS

If a student fails two consecutive grading periods in an advanced course the exemption will no longer apply and the student will be ineligible for participation in extracurricular activities.

NO MIDDLE SCHOOL EXEMPTIONS

Gifted/talented, honors, advanced, or AP classes in grades 68 are not exempt from UIL or extracurricular eligibility regulations.