Several parents and teachers have sent me notes about their schools’ attendance incentives in the wake of our discussions this week about perfect attendance awards and their implications for Swine flu prevention.
I can understand giving kids a Popsicle or smoothie party but one middle school is taking it to extremes, at least to me.
A middle school in Cherokee is putting kids names in a hat for a weekly drawing for aMP3 player if the students have no absences, no tardies or no early checkouts.
But even more unusual, the same school is giving kids “passes” to earn points on the grades of their final exams each semester.
-If a student has O absences, they can earn five passes worth 15 points each.
-If they have one absence, they can earn four passes worth 10 points each.
-If they have two absences, they can earn one 10-point pass and two 5-point passes.
-If they three absences, they can earn two 5-point passes.
In the note to parents about the incentives, the school explains that absences are detrimental to student learning. I will buy that. And I imagine that the school has had a problem with too many kids missing classes if they are taking these measures.
But is this the right response? To give students academic points on their final exams for coming to school?