I wrote the story in detail but it was much too long and blathery. So here's the basic synopsis: A 7th grade resource room student who avoids any form of work like the plague claims to have finished reading an entire book (required, though they were allowed to choose the book) in a definitely unrealistic time frame (think 100 pages in 5 minutes). I do require students to complete assignments weekly based on their readings; they have a choice of 9 tasks (no repeats) that are mostly geared somewhat towards critical thinking. He completed his very superficially, technically meeting requirements but definitely not up to standard - but there's no way that I can prove that a) it isn't his best work (we're talking a MAJOR escape artist) and b) he did not actually read the entire book. I'm in a real bind here. I want to preserve the student's pride and not keep him on the defensive making him need to prove that he isn't lying. On the other hand, I can't let him get away with this because he is weaseling out of his work both to avoid working as well as to be allowed to move onto preferred activities. This is clear to him, me, and the other students in our group, so it would be a major fail if he gets away with this. Help!