Credit Flexibility Policy

Background: Indiana's Core 40 curriculum provides the academic foundation all students need to succeed in college and the workforce. The completion of Core 40 is an Indiana graduation requirement and includes at least two credits in physical education (IN courses 3542 and 3544). The Indiana State Board of Education allows schools a degree of flexibility in working with students and engaging them in challenging content. Schools offering credit flexibility options must still meet academic standards (below) and adhere to the following state guidelines:

  A teacher should develop an independent learning course that encompasses standards met through participation in alternative setting (band, sports, activities, etc.)
  Credit must be granted by a licensed physical education teacher acting as the teacher of record responsible for insuring that PE standards were addressed and for assessment.
  Students should have the opportunity to actively participate in at least four of the following: team sports; dual sport activities, individual physical activities; outdoor pursuits; self-defense and martial arts; aquatics; gymnastics; and dance.
  The coach/director implements the course requirements identified by a PE teacher. (S)he provides documentation and grade recommendations to the PE teacher.
  A grade must be assigned for all courses to be factored into GPA calculations.
  Participation in the same sport/activity only counts for one CORE40 PE credit.
  Participation fees cannot be charged to students taking PE through credit flexibility.

iPE Position Statement

We believe "physical education" and "physical activity" are used interchangeably but differ in important ways. We believe a good physical education needs to include a balanced academic/kinetic curriculum. And we believe credit flexibility options need to meet the same physical education standards and course expectations as traditional physical education.

The discussion of credit flexibility is an opportunity to reconcile and position all options. The following recommendations can be used by school districts to rationalize policies, standards, rules, best practices, and requirements:

  CORE EDUCATION: Require all high school students to complete their first of two required physical education course in a traditional in-school class (includes on-campus summer school). Students demonstrate mastery of state standards especially motor skills, movement, personal fitness, and student value. School specific requirements (i.e. aquatics) can be fulfilled during this course.
  CREDIT FLEXIBILITY: Allow students to complete their second required PE course via one of the following teacher-recommended credit flexibility options: 1) standard, in-school class; 2) summer school physical education, or; 3) sport/activity waiver.
  COURSE COHERENCY: Incorporate a balanced academic/kinetic curriculum through blended learning. Use of blended learning across all options (in-school, summer school, waiver, distance learning) ensures course coherency addresses all appropriate standards in all cases. This work is completed outside class time in order to maximize physical activity.
  SUMMER SCHOOL: Class time should not include more than 120 minutes of moderate intensity (or higher) physical activity per day over at least 25 different school days. The use of blended learning fulfills the state minimum class time requirement.
  EXCEPTIONS: A distance learning course (same blended learning curricula) may be appropriate for exceptional cases including course recovery, expulsion, pregnancy, incarceration, injury, individual needs, etc.). Exceptions should only be considered when all other options have been exhausted. Department head approval required.