Eligibility for extra-curricular activities

The Illinois Elementary School Association requires that all schools have an eligibility policy determining which students are eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities.  Starting in the 2016-2017 school year, the eligibility policy for all students at Olympia Middle School is as follows:

Any student reported by a teacher on the weekly eligibility as having a 1.49 or lower as an average of their skills in any subject for the grading period will be ineligible to participate in all interscholastic activities for the following week. (Monday - Saturday) Any student who is ineligible in any given subject for three consecutive weeks may be dropped from that activity.”

 For example, in 6th Grade English 1 the skills that the teachers will be assessing throughout the year are:

-Use examples from the text to support my ideas.

-Identify and apply elements of a text.

-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.

-Identify how an author has organized the text.

-Compare/contrast different forms/versions of text.

These skills will be introduced and assessed throughout the year so there will not be a “score” associated with each skill the first time eligibility is taken.  The first scenario is an example of a student that would be eligible based on the skills that were assessed:

 

Scenario 1                                                                                                       Student Rating

Use examples from the text to support my ideas.                                                     2

Identify and apply elements of a text.                                                                        1

The student is making progress with one skill, and still needs help with the second skill.  The average of these two skills is a 1.5, so the student is eligible for the following week’s activities. 

The next scenario would be after another skill is introduced.  The teacher has introduced the skill, administered some formative and summative assessments, and has now given the student the following ratings:

Scenario 2                                                                                                       Student Rating

Use examples from the text to support my ideas.                                                      2

Identify and apply elements of a text.                                                                        1

Compare/contrast different forms/versions of text.                                                   1

The student in scenario 2 now has an average of 1.333, thus making them ineligible.  Based on their academic performance, they need to spend more time outside of the classroom working on their academics. 

Based on the feedback that the teacher gives to the student, the student focuses on the skill of “Identify and apply elements of a text”, goes in for reteaching during Study Hall times, and reassess on a summative assessment.  Due to the work that the student puts in, they are now able to demonstrate that they understand the content and their new rating is now a 3.  If everything else remains unchanged when eligibility is run again, the new report would be represented by Scenario 3, which is below.

Scenario 3                                                                                                       Student Rating

Use examples from the text to support my ideas.                                                     2

Identify and apply elements of a text.                                                                        3

Compare/contrast different forms/versions of text.                                                   1

The student now has an average of a 2, thus regaining their eligibility.