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Grading in Secondary Schools: Academics Matter—But So Does Behavior

By Randy Sprick

In this era of increasing accountability, schools and districts grapple with the question of evaluation—how do we effectively evaluate student knowledge and skill mastery? As we evaluate (grade) a student, should we measure only that student's mastery of the course goals and objectives, or should we consider that student's work effort, as reflected by behavior?

Because there has been little research on grading practices and their effect on student motivation, this is more of a philosophical debate than an answerable question. A New York Times article, A's for Good Behavior, presents the argument against grading behavior. In this excellent article (and many other opinion pieces), the argument is framed as...

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Buffalo, NY, December 21, 2011

Just before the holidays, The Buffalo News published an article about South Park High School in Buffalo, New York. According to the article, Principal Theresa Schuta and her staff are making steady progress in implementing PBIS strategies. Two years ago, South Park cut tardies by 94 percent with START on Time from Safe & Civil Schools. Principal Schuta said that numbers of student tardies remained low in spite of staff reductions.

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Port Norris, NJ, January 18, 2012

Students at Haleyville-Mauricetown School are proudly showing up for work! According to an article in the Daily Journal, the school started a Meaningful Work program in December and school personnel are already seeing a difference in student attendance, responsibility, and pride in accomplishment.

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Palmer, AK, January 26, 2012

Mat-Su Borough School District is diligently working to improve climates and cultures in their 44 schools. They recently embarked on a Safe & Civil Schools implementation. The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reports that teachers in the district are initiating strategies from CHAMPS and Discipline in the Secondary Classroom to improve classroom behavior, establish clear classroom expectations, and motivate students.

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Congratulations to students and staff in all of these schools. We commend you and support your efforts in making positive changes in your schools. Out here in Oregon, we're cheering for you!


The newly revised and updated Teacher's Encyclopedia of Behavior Management includes 14 new problems, a new CD with 75 reproducibles, and a more streamlined, easy-to-use design.

Since 1995, thousands of teachers have come to rely on the Teacher's Encyclopedia's effective interventions to help them create and maintain productive, respectful, PBIS learning environments.

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