ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER: 48
POLICY CODE: IK
School Administrative Units (SAUs) are reminded that they cannot award physical education credit for graduation purposes for participation in extra-curricular activities. Doing so is not in compliance with current Maine Department of Education diploma requirements.
Maine Department of Education Rule Chapter 127 Instructional Program, Assessment and Diploma Requirements, Section 2.10 specifies that the five content areas of English Language Arts, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science and Technology and Social Studies shall reflect continuous, sequential, and specific instruction aligned with the content areas of the system of the Maine Learning Results. Chapter 127, Section 7.01(A) states “each school board operating a secondary school shall adopt a curriculum aligned with the content standards of the system of Learning Results.”
In addition to aligning required curricula and multiple measures of assessments to the standards put forth in the Maine Learning Results, Chapter 127, Section 2.08 specifies that “‘Course’ means a planned unit of instruction in separate or integrated content areas of Maine’s system of Learning Results, under the direction of a certified teacher.” Furthermore, “instructional time means the portion of a school day devoted to the teaching-learning process but not including extra-curricular activities, lunch time or recess.”
Participation in extra-curricular activities, including sports participation, does not meet the guidelines set forth in achieving the physical education standards of the Maine Learning Results. The Maine Department of Education recommends that SAUs examine current practices to ensure compliance with State physical education diploma requirements.
If you have questions regarding this requirement, please contact Jayne Chase at 207-624-6657 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.