A recent article and a wonderful blog both focused on a middle school in Arlington where students receive some credit for not doing an assignment. Missing assignments are given a 50% instead of a zero grade.
The logic behind this is that in a GPA scale, an A averaged with an F (for a 2.0 GPA) is the equivalent of a C. With the standard classroom scale, a zero grade necessitates three full A grades to reach a C. Ultimately, the question is: how much should a single zero grade affect a student’s overall average. This was also combined with a lunch time study hall, but that is outside of my focus for this post. Continue reading