Want to learn more?
- Watch this video by Rick Wormeli who does an excellent job explaining the problem with zeros in a 100-point scale:
- More videos by Rick Wormeli...Redos, Retakes, Do-Overs,...a refresher...
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM-3PFfIfvI
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgxvzEc0rvs
- Read 15 Fixes for Broken Grades. You can find a summary here.
Click on each non-negotiable for a video, created by Principal James McMillin, which further explain the recent changes.
#1- Do not include student behaviors (effort, participation, following class rules, etc.) in grades; include only achievement.
#2- Never deduct points for student work submitted late/past the due date. Instead provide support for the learner.
#3- Do not give extra credit and/or bonus points; seek evidence that more work has resulted in a higher level of achievement.
#4- Do not punish academic dishonesty (cheating/plagiarizing) with a zero. Apply other consequences and reassess to determine actual level of achievement.
#5- A student’s attendance, or lack thereof, should not be reflected in his/her grade.
#6- Do not give group scores; grade individual achievement only.
#7- Do not assign grades using inappropriate or unclear standards or targets.
#8- Do not assign zeroes as a punishment or for missing work.
#9- Do not use evident from formative assessments or practice to determine grades. Only summative assessments should determine a student's overall grade.
#10- Acknowledge that learning takes time, so always emphasize more recent student achievement and progress towards mastery and achievement.