Aug 28, 2017
Ohio school district adopts 1.0 GPA requirement for athletes

Dayton Public Schools (Ohio) last week lowered its academic standards for athletes, requiring students to carry a 1.0 GPA to remain eligible for sports.

The district’s Board of Education voted 4-1 in favor of the new policy. The one board member who voted against the measure said the bar was too low and he believed the public would have a negative response, according to WKRC in Cincinnati.

From the article:

Students will now have to have a 1.0 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale to be eligible to play. Those students with a GPA between 1.0 and 1.99 must enroll in the school’s Athletic Academic Intervention Program for at least one calendar year and make ‘satisfactory progress toward the established goal of a 2.0 GPA each academic quarter.’

They also said that students are allowed to participate in extracurricular activities if they have passed a minimum of five one-credit courses in the immediately preceding grading period, even if that student also earned a failing grade.

“That’s what this plan is about,” said Board of Education President Dr. Robert Walker. “It’s ensuring that all of our students are excelling, especially those who are participating in extra-curricular activities.”

Earlier this year, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) ruled that the Dunbar High School football team (which is in the Dayton school district) intentionally lost a game last season to avoid having to report its use of a academically ineligible player. The loss allowed another Dayton high school, Anderson, to make the postseason. The Dayton Board of Education did not say whether lowering the academic standards was tied to that incident.

Coach & Athletic Director polled readers in 2015, and 81.5% believed athletes should, at minimum, be required to carry a 2.0 GPA.

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