Hi everyone, I teach in a low income/high risk area so a lot of the issues I deal with I guess are "expected". My problem is 95% of my students are failing due to their inability to follow simple instructions like write your name on your paper before you turn it in. I have tried offering tutoring after school every single day, I stay for 1-2 hours but no one shows up. I have call home to request permission from parents to have their students stay for "mandatory" tutoring but even then the kids walk out and do not stay. I have tried grading on a combination of effort and correctness (I Teach Math) but most of the kids do no try at all or their "trying" is so ridiculous it makes it really hard for me to give them any credit. I offer them materials if they don't have them, I offer them the opportunity to correct their test so they can get a better score, I do weekly quizzes where they can use their notes and they still fail. I have talked to my admin and Math coach but they keep telling me to lower my grading scales, and give them credit for just turning in a paper no matter how little effort they put it. I am getting frustrated because I feel like I should not lower my standards, this is how these kids got the point where they are because all the "blame" is put on us teachers and not them. Does anybody have suggestions or can you let me know if I should lower my standards?