Iowa School District Begins to Eliminate the Zero as a Grade

A few blog entries ago, I wrote about how assigning a grade of zero is unfair and should be abolished. Now, a School District in Iowa has begun abolishing the zero. When the Superintendent visited the high schools last week, she suggested that an F range from 50 to 60 instead of zero to 60. “Some teachers are really wrestling with, ‘I don’t want to give them 50 out of 100 points,’ and to those teachers I say, ‘Fine, you don’t have to. Go to a different grading scale, like 5-4-3-2-1-0,'” the Superinendent said. “We’re not saying give them half credit. We’re saying, give them the F. Just don’t kill them with the F.” Read the story here.

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