WHAT IS A LEVEL SYSTEM?
The level system is framework for managing student behavior where students access greater independence and more privileges as they demonstrate increased control. Students learn appropriate behavior through clearly defined behavioral expectations and rewards, privileges, and consequences linked to those expectations.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Achieve Center of Pasco has 5 Goals that are the same for every student. They are:
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
- Follow staff directions the first time that they are given. This includes completing your work.
- Stay in your designated area. Ask for permission before leaving an area
- Use appropriate language and voice tone. No bullying, arguing, or instigating others.
- Keep all property safe. No destroying property or stealing.
Each student also has an individual goal, that may change over time. This goal pinpoints a behavior that would benefit from checking in with the teacher throughout the day.
For each period the student can be rewarded up to 3 points for each goal. Please see “behavior criteria” on the example point sheet for details on point values. At the end of the day if the student reaches a goal percentage they will gain a day on the level system. The higher the level the more privileges the student will gain. ALL STUDENTS BEGIN AT LEVEL 2 DAY 1.
Students progressively earn more privileges as they move up levels. Students receive feedback each hour throughout the day. At these times students will be praised for achieving school goals and reminded of how they can earn points they missed during the next period.
HOW DOES A STUDENT GAIN A LEVEL?
- Students on Level 1 will advance to Level 2 after 10 days of earning 80% of their points.
- Students on Level 2 will advance to Level 3 after 20 days of earning 85% of their points.
- Students on Level 3 will advance to Level 4 after 30 days of earning 90% of their points.
- Students on Level 4 will earn special privileges after 40 days of earning 95% of their points.
WHAT IF A GOAL IS NOT REACHED?
If a student does not reach the goal percentage for the day, they will not advance a day on the level system, but school points earned through the level system will be kept (allowing students to earn rewards even if they struggled through parts of the day).
There are several “Non-negotiables” these include: Leaving school facilities without permission, physical aggression, major property destruction, and stealing. If a student exhibits one of these severe behaviors, they will automatically drop a level and be put on “probation.” After 10 days of reaching goals, the student will return to his or her position on the level system.