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Incomplete Grades - No Pass No Play

As many schools approach the end of the first six weeks of school, UIL has received questions related to no pass/no play. State law requires that all schools check grades for students participating in extracurricular activities at the end of the first six weeks of school. After the first six weeks of school, schools must check grades at the end of the grading period according to their local district grading calendar.

The TEA-UIL Side by Side Manual states the following related to students receiving an “Incomplete”:

“A student with an “Incomplete” grade is ineligible at the end of the seven-day grace period unless the “Incomplete” was replaced with a passing grade prior to the end of the seven-day grace period. Students with an “Incomplete” grade either within or beyond the end of the seven-day grace period may regain eligibility if the work is made up in accordance with district policy in regard to time allowed for make-up work and the conditions under which make-up work are allowed.”

Given the challenges schools are facing due to COVID-19, after consultation with TEA, UIL is amending this section only for the 2020-2021 school year to allow students and schools more time to appropriately address incomplete grades. For the 2020-2021 school year only, the following applies:

“A student with an “Incomplete” grade is ineligible at the end of a fourteen-day period following the end of the grading period unless the “Incomplete” was replaced with a passing grade prior to the end of that period. Students with an “Incomplete” grade either within or beyond the end of the fourteen-day period may regain eligibility if the work is made up in accordance with district policy in regard to time allowed for make-up work and the conditions under which make-up work are allowed.”

It is important to note that state law requires a three-week period of ineligibility for students who do not meet the standards of no pass/no play. If the student who had an Incomplete did not have the Incomplete replaced with a passing grade by the end of that fourteen-day period and becomes academically ineligible, the student would be required to wait fourteen days after the next grading/evaluation period before regaining eligibility.

Schools should consider how utilizing this extended period for addressing incomplete grades may impact their locally developed eligibility calendars.

Schools remain responsible for determining student grades. For no pass/no play purposes, this can be a number grade, a letter grade, or a pass/fail indication. The manner in which a school determines grades is a local school district decision.