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Do no-zero policies help or hurt students?

from Edutopia

With a no-zero grading policy, the glass is always half full. The controversial grading policy — which is rising in popularity across the country — sets the lowest possible grade for any assignment or test at 50 percent, even when students turn in no work at all. Schools systems like Fairfax County Public Schools and the Philadelphia School District have adopted similar approaches in recent years, arguing that it gives all students a chance to succeed. These changes in grading policy are moving in tandem with national efforts to abolish letter grades and minimize the value placed on AP exams and SAT scores in favor of assessments focused on students' skills, competencies and work samples. more

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