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Old 12-21-2017, 04:07 AM
 
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I know there is a lot of debate on this topic, but I was wondering what some of your thoughts were on the idea of putting a 50% in for missing assignments instead of a zero.


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Old 12-21-2017, 09:35 AM
 
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I don't teach high school. However, how are you able to know students who actually score 50% from those who don't turn anything in? How do you get an actual average that is accurate? It doesn't seem like giving 50% give kids too much incentive to watch not turning things in. I also haven't played with averages, but it seems like students could recover a lot easier from a 50% than a 0 and still be able to pass a class.

Oh, yeah - I forget that is the reason some places don't let teachers give 0's. Pity the poor kids who don't do their work. How ever will they pass a class if half of their assignments are not turned in and they got 0's?
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Lord, they had started doing this 30 years ago when I taught in inner city Dallas, and I am APPALLED that the idea is still around and gaining traction I guess. It means your students have to do very little work to pass. Teachers should fight this.
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:15 AM
 
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I have done this. But only under very special circumstances.

For example----I had a student who, for the first quarter, was struggling heavily with mental health issues. They were depressed, anxious, no attention span, and sought out help and therapy. We had a very extensive meeting with the family and other teachers. We decided as a group to make the F's for first quarter 50% so that if the student improved for the rest of the year, they could still pass with a decent grade. However, if improvement did not occur, they would not pass.

It was a way to give that student a chance. It wasn't their fault that their mental health was not good.

So I've done it, but very rarely. It should more the exception to the rule rather than standard procedure, in my opinion.
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Depends on the student
Old 01-15-2018, 07:04 PM
 
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I do not agree that a student can get away with not doing homework and still be able to achieve 50%. It just doesn't make sense to reward someone that has done nothing a 50% grade compared to the student that completed all assignments getting a 100%, it lowers the value on the 100%, which will in turn make the students less adamant about doing their homework. I do however agree that if it is a special circumstance student that maybe they had been open with you about negatives in their life that have affected them at school with proof that it has affected them in other areas including homework then maybe I would be lenient. That would be the only way if ever I gave a student 50% when he/she did none of the work.


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Old 01-15-2018, 07:44 PM
 
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My district has its own version of standards-based grading up through 8th grade. In middle school, the state requires letter grades and percentages, so the district came up with a way to cross over.

No assignments can count for anything. Kids should be allowed multiple opportunities to demonstrate understanding of a “standard” written the district’s way. So they can test over and over. If they know one standard of a topic (a group of goals), they get a 0.5, or a 55%. Two is a 1.0 or a 60%. If they couldn’t pass anything, they get a 0, which is a 50%. It’s really easy to pass with D’s. It’s appalling and a disservice to our students. I’m looking forward to retiring!

So, to answer your question, I think it’s ridiculous and insane (except in special circumstances like nerdteach mentioned.)
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