Activity Participation

  • “Research on extracurricular activities and student achievement has been going on for a long time - and just about every nuance of the issue has been explored in some detail.  The findings from all of this research are remarkably clear and straightforward, something that is usually quite rare in educational inquiry.  The bottom line is stated most succinctly by Everson and Milsap, who titled their 2005 study for the College Board simply “Everyone Gains.”    Howard Johnston, PH.D., Professor of Secondary Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa in his Research into Practice article for EPI (Education Partnerships, Inc.).

    Whether one reviews data involving attendance rates, grade point averages, one’s expectations about post-secondary experiences, performance on math & reading assessments, the degree of engagement in risky behavior, or the effectiveness tied to the delivery of “universal lessons” such as: character building, time management, value of practice, applying oneself, personal satisfaction related to achievement and the significance of building relationships, the numbers clearly reveal the value of student involvement in school activities.  The argument is compelling and our challenge becomes equally clear…  we should do what we can to make certain our students are involved.

    A recent review of BHS data involving “select” activities (Fall, 2017) demonstrates the results here in Belton do align with what research shows us.  When one considers the average GPA and average attendance rates of all students at Belton High school and compares them to the same figures of these “select” activities, there is little surprise.  For the 2016-17 school year, the average GPA for all students was 2.49  and the average attendance rate was 94.07%.  Consider the comparison to the following…

    Team

    GPA

    Attendance %

    Band / Flag Corps

    2.95

    97.5

    Cheer

    2.96

    94.9

    Cross Country  

    (Boys & Girls)

    2.87

    98.5

    Dance

    3.33

    95.5

    Football

    2.82

    97.4

    Golf (Girls)

    3.68

    98.9

    Softball

    3.01

    92.27

    Soccer (Boys)

    2.8

    98.3

    Swimming (Boys)

    3.12

    98.0

    Tennis (Girls)

    3.50

    98.5

    Volleyball

    3.71

    98.8


    Again, the message is clear…  
    we should do what we can to make certain our students are involved.