I have 24 student and the same 12-14 keep failing math tests. They do alright on their daily work. Sometimes they have to do papers over, but I pull them into small groups and teach and reteach. They nearly always get their first 3-4 problems correct and then miss everything else. Over the break I gave my math grades to my principal. She gave me some advice, observed me yesterday, and I think we both have the same conclusion ~ they're lazy and they truly don't care. I'm at a loss. I can sit with one of these students and watch them work the problems and they do fine. Then I send them to their seats and the remainder of their work is not like the work I just observed. I had nine kids fail an assessment today. I had seven absent, so that nine was a lot. Shoot, it's always a lot. I gave them practice problems as homework. I gave them a lot. I told them if they do the work and get a good percentage correct then I will give them a passing grade on the assessment. If they choose not to do the work they will sign a statement saying so and it will get sent home in the mail.
I've always had 2-3 kids like this. But never this many in one class. What really bothers me is that I know they know the work. They just refuse to show it