I provide a lot of opportunities for success in my class. I allow test corrections (with rationale for why they got each question wrong), the ability to turn in homework or projects late for (reduced) credit, and a lot of structures are in place to help students be prepared for tests and classwork, like pre-group tests, binder organization methods, study strategies, vocab strategies, and weekly quizzes to inform students of the depth of their current understanding. However, I STILL get a lot of students who fail because they simply don't correct their tests, don't create notecards to use on the test, don't study using the study strategies I teach them, don't do their homework or classwork, or even complete it late for credit to improve their practice and their grade. I am aware of the "you can lead a horse to water" adage, and believe me, I'm leading them! I nearly have them on a conveyer belt to the water! But they still won't drink. What more can I do to make sure these students are taking the opportunities they can to succeed? My guess is one of the problems is that they forget to do the make-ups, corrections, etc. They have enough trouble trying to remember to do their homework, or they just don't want to do it. The corrections are more work than the original test, and if they don't do their homework they don't get full credit, and it piles up. This might discourage them from even trying, but I don't know what else to do. I post grades. Email grades to parents, I used to force kids to come in at lunch to do their missing assignments, but it's pulling teeth, and the headaches and the babysitting weren't really worth it anymore. What can I do? It feels like so many of our kids are failing or not trying this year. I had such a hard working group last year. The difference is stark.