My school is having a discussion this year regarding grading policies. Our principal thinks that our teachers should be united in our grading. We as a staff voted and agreed upon a school wide grade scale. (In a survey, we discovered about 10 different grade scales for our approximately 50 teachers.) We as a staff also use the same grade book which is web based and parents can access their students’ records anytime.
The discussion now has turned to whether or not zeros should be entered for assignments not submitted by students. Some say that zeros in the grade book deflate the student’s self-esteem and so that may cause some students to not even try. Some say that zeros in the grade book are simply a matter of record keeping and provide information to the student and parent regarding work that needs to be completed. Some say that zeros are entered for assignments not turned in and can not be made up because students are expected to turn work in on time.
I am interested in any insights, ideas, information that any of you can share.