“How about I not take this test and you give me a 50?”: More Grading Scale Discussion

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On September 25, 2018, I posted about Florida teacher, Diane Tirado, losing her job because she refused to follow a “no zeroes” policy and award 50 percent credit on assignments that students chose not to hand in.

The next day, as I was preparing to give one of my students a make-up test, the student looked at me and asked, “How about I not take this test and you give me a 50?”

I did a double take. “Did you read my post?”

“What?”

“I just wrote a piece about this issue on my blog. A Florida teacher was fired for not giving 50s to students who did not turn in their work.”

He had not read my post (and had no idea I write an education blog). His timing just happened to be eerily spot-on.

Another student furrowed her brow and said, “Zero work, zero grade.”

My “no zeroes”…

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