ERIC Number: ED242033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Raise Expectations to Achieve Excellence.
Updating School Board Policies, v15 n2 Feb 1984
The lead article of this pamphlet examines means of motivating public school (especially high school) students to accept greater academic challenge, without relying on budget increases. Measures being applied in school systems nationwide include special diplomas for students who meet exceptional standards in prescribed curricula; "weighted grading" systems that make difficult courses more attractive by raising their grade-point values; in elementary schools, stricter retention/promotion policies based on learning objectives, with remedial programs for retained students; greater academic eligibility requirements for extracurricular activities, with assistance for students who have trouble meeting the requirements; flexible but well-enforced attendance policies; more frequent homework assignments; and finally, awards and/or public recognition for a variety of student achievements. Other brief articles discuss (1) the role of public schools in helping students prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test; (2) ways to encourage teachers to identify and report child abuse; and (3) prohibition of firearms in schools. (MCG)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Child Abuse, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Grading, High School Students, Incentives, Learning Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Recognition (Achievement), School Effectiveness, School Security, Student Promotion, Test Coaching
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Washington, DC. Educational Policies Service.
Identifiers: Commission on Academic Excellence; Scholastic Aptitude Test