Earn PE Credit (Directed Athletics)
For the 2020-21 school year, please refer to the
Health & Fitness/Physical Education (PE) Requirements for BSD Students:
To earn a high school diploma, BSD students must earn the following Health & Fitness/PE credits:
|Graduation Year||Number of Health Credits
Required for Graduation
|Number of Fitness/PE Credits
Required for Graduation
|Class of 2019 & beyond||0.5 (1 Semester Course)||1.5 (3 semester classes)|
Fitness/PE Credits are earned through successful completion of Fitness/PE courses offered at the high school level or opt to earn Fitness/PE credit through Directed Athletics in BSD.
Health Credit is typically earned during a student’s sophomore year by a course covering the essential academic learning requirements in Health. This course includes training in CPR and use of AED’s.
Directed Athletics in BSD
Upon successful completion of 9th grade Core PE in the BSD, students may opt to earn the following Fitness/PE credit through Directed Athletics.
NOTE: If a student transfers into BSD from another school district after their 9th grade year, they must successfully complete 1.0 credit of Fitness/PE before opting to earn credit through Directed Athletics.
|Graduation Year||Number of Fitness/PE Credits Possible to Earn through Directed Athletics|
|Class of 2019
|0.5 (either 1 season of a school sport or 1 – 80 hour seasons of community
|Note: Each defined sport season or 80 hours of community participation
in a 90 school day period may earn a student 0 .5 credit.
Students may earn 0.5 elective Fitness/PE credit through Directed Athletics by successfully completing the following two steps within the same academic year:
1. Participation: All outlined requirements in the School Sport for PE Application or Community Based Activities for PE Credit Application must be properly completed and submitted. For more details, see “1. Participation Requirements” below.
2. Proficiency: Students must also demonstrate proficiency of the knowledge portion of the fitness requirement through a Directed Athletics Assessment administered during each academic year. For more details, see “2. Proficiency Requirements” below.
Important: Failure to complete this process as outlined will result in a student beginning the process anew the next academic year. For additional details, go to Board Policy 2410 – High School Graduation Requirements and Administrative Procedure 2410P: Graduation Requirements.
1. Participation Requirements
Required materials: School Sport for PE Credit Application with Activity Time Log and Verification of proficiency on fitness knowledge assessment.
To be completed within the same academic year:
- The student, at the BEGINNING of the season, informs the coach of the school sport that they intend to earn Directed Athletics (physical education) credit for participation that season.
- The student, at the END of the season, requests the coach verify the student has met the defined requirements and sign the completed School Sport for PE Credit Application with Activity Time Log. The coach should refuse to sign the request if the student has not met the requirements.
- The student provides the athletic director with School Sport for PE Credit Application with Activity Time Log that has been signed by the coach to verify the student has met the participation requirement. Only then will the athletic director sign the request form. The athletic director should refuse to sign the request if the student has not met the requirements.
- The athletic director will then provide a completed request to the registrar.
- Verification of proficiency on the fitness knowledge assessment may be attached to the application. However students have the option to complete the assessment AFTER they complete the participation requirement. Registrars will hold all applications until verification of proficiency can be attached to the application. Verification is provided to student, parent, counselor, and registrar in email form upon successful completion of the assessment.
NOTE: If a student in the class of 2018 has successfully completed the fitness knowledge assessment while in high school, they may obtain a copy of their verification of proficiency from their counselor or registrar to attach to the application when applying for their second .5 credit.
- The registrar will post the PE credit to the student’s transcript once the entire process is complete. (Students should verify with the registrar the process is complete.) The registrar will ensure that a copy is sent to the athletic director, counselor, and PE department head.
Required materials: Community Based Activities for PE Credit Application with Activity Time Log, Sport/activity registration verification, and Verification of proficiency on fitness knowledge assessment.
To be completed within the same academic year:
- The student informs the coach/instructor, at the BEGINNING of the season, they are interested in earning directed athletics (physical education) credit for participation in a community based sport/activity.
- The student requests the coach/instructor, at the END of the season or completion of the duration of the activity, the coach/instructor verify the student has met the requirements and sign the completed Community Based Activities for PE Credit Application with Activity Time Log). The coach/instructor should refuse to sign the request if the student has not met the requirements.
- The student, after obtaining the coach’s verification and signature, provides to the school counselor with:
- the Community Based Activities for PE Credit Application with Activity Time Log,
- registration verification (in the form of a receipt for payment or note on official letterhead), and
- evidence of proficiency on the fitness knowledge assessment.
Note: Verification of competency on the fitness knowledge assessment may be attached to the application. However students have the option to complete the assessment AFTER they complete the participation requirement. Registrars will hold all applications until verification of proficiency can be attached to the application. This is provided to student, parent, counselor, and registrar in email form to be printed and included).
- The counselor will review the submitted materials to determine if all requirements have been met, including proficiency on the fitness knowledge assessment. Once they confirm all requirements have been met, the counselor will provide all paperwork to the principal for final approval.
- The principal will review the submitted materials and again determine if all requirements have been met. Credit is determined by the signature of the principal. The principal will forward complete requests to the registrar for posting.
NOTE: If a student in the class of 2018 has successfully completed the fitness knowledge assessment while in high school, they may obtain a copy of their verification of proficiency from their counselor or the registrar to attach to the application when applying for their second .5 credit.
- The registrar will post the PE credit to the transcript once the entire process is complete. (The student should verify with the registrar the process is complete.) The registrar will ensure a copy is submitted to the counselor and the PE department head.
2. Proficiency Requirement
In addition to meeting Directed Athletics participation requirements, a student must also demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge portion of the fitness requirement for the 0.5 credit request. Proficiency is demonstrated through successful completion of an on-line assessment that is administered during each academic year.
- Students must meet proficiency during the same academic year in which they participated in the school sport or community based activity.
- A student may register for an assessment prior to completing the participation portion of the Directed Athletics requirement. For example: a student who plans to participate in a spring sport either through their school or a community based activity may sign up for the first assessment scheduled during the school year. This allows them an opportunity to take the assessment during subsequent offerings if they do not meet proficiency.
Assessment Schedule & Registration:
- All students must register for an assessment session prior to the posted deadline by clicking the link below for the specific date they desire to take the assessment.
- A nominal fee is charged to the student’s account for the assessment with financial assistance available for students who qualify. See school accountant for details.
- Click the registration link below to register for a specific Assessment Date prior to the registration deadline.
- Confirmation of registration will be sent via email the day after the registration deadline date for each individual assessment.
- Any registration questions and/or seeking to verify a student is registered? Please contact Andrea Arnone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|1||Wed Sept 23||Wed Sept 16||closed|
|2||Wed Oct 21||Wed Oct 14||closed|
|3||Wed Nov 18||Wed Nov 11||closed|
|4||Wed Dec 16||Wed Dec 09||closed|
|5||Wed Jan 27||Wed Jan 20||closed|
|6||Wed Feb 10||Wed Feb 03||closed|
|7||Wed Mar 24||Wed Mar 17||register here|
|8||Wed Apr 28||Wed Apr 21||register here|
|9||Wed May 19||Wed May 12||register here|
*Session dates/times are subject to change. Plan to take assessment at least 3 months before the end of Spring sports season to allow for retakes and makeups. You do not need to take the test during your sports season.
Time & Location: Assessments are offered at the four comprehensive high schools as follows.*
|School||Max # of Students per Assessment Date||Assessment Location||Time of Assessment|
*The assessments will be conducted remotely with online proctors in 2020-21. Plan ahead and register early for your preferred date. Send questions about the online assessment to Andrea Arnone at email@example.com.
- Plan to arrive 15 minutes before the assessment is scheduled to start.
- Most students do not take the entire 2 hours to finish the assessment. Students who finish early may leave, so please plan transportation accordingly.
What to Bring:
- Picture ID – Students without a picture ID will not be allowed to take the assessment.
- District issued 1:1 laptop computer (fully charged) and charger.
- Student BSD login information.
- Score report from previous assessments, if applicable.
- Proficiency is measured at 65% on the overall assessment. This score is not factored in to a student’s GPA.
- Assessment results will be sent via email to student, parent, counselor and registrar typically within two to three school days after the assessment date.
- Students who do not meet proficiency may register again to retake the assessment during the remaining sessions offered within the same academic year.
- Students will have a maximum of four opportunities to meet proficiency on the assessment during an academic year.
Preparation for Assessment:
Preparation for any student who plans to sit for the assessment will be self-directed. Materials have been developed to guide students as they prepare, but there is no district directed instruction. To adequately prepare, a student should:
- Review the following documents for a foundational understanding of areas of importance:
- Be familiar with essential elements and concepts outlined in the Study Guide – PE Sport for Credit Knowledge Assessment.
- Download and complete the Directed Athletics Knowledge Portion of the Fitness Requirement Study Guide. This document also provides embedded links to readings that will help the student study for the assessment.
- Check out a copy of the Core PE Textbook from their school library (Currently unavailable. The online resources noted above provide adequate study material.)