Monday, June 25, 2012

Study: 'Daily Report Cards Improve Behavior of Students With ADHD

Getting report cards once every six, eight, or 10 weeks is probably too often for some students. How about every day?
So-called "daily report cards" appear to improve the behavior of students with ADHD, a new What Works Clearinghouse review of a study concludes.
Teachers create daily report cards that are lists of target behaviors and behavior goals for students that are aligned with their special education plans. Teachers in this 2010 study used them to provide students with constant feedback, and they were sent home to parents every day. Parents had to reward or punish students based on the results of the daily report card.
The study, involving 63 elementary school students, found there were statistically significant positive differences between students whose teachers used the daily report cards and another group of students, at least when it came to students' behavior. That included improvements in their productivity and violating fewer classroom rules. The report cards didn't have a statistically significant effect on students' achievement in reading or math.
Although this study sounds small, the What Works Clearinghouse said it was a well-implemented randomized controlled trial.
Read more of Nirvi Shah's On Special Education article HERE.
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