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Should teachers assign marks of zero for students?

Should teachers assign marks of zero for students?

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There has been a lot of discussion recently about the practice of assigning a zero for incomplete, late, or missing work after an Edmonton Teacher was suspended for failing to follow his school's assessment policy (which stated that students should not receive zero for an assignment). I am personally of the opinion that we need to rethink many of the ways in which we do assessment. For some background reading on where I stand on the whole zeroes issue, I recommend reading some of the posts on John Scammell's blog. http://thescamdog.wordpress.com/ There are a lot of alternatives to our grading system. Can you imagine a different system than the one we use? Imagine that time, money, and logistics are not an issue (these can often be resolved later). What would you do differently?

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