The Case Against Zero. Our grades are based on point scale. ï‚‍ There are 10 ways to get an A: 90, 91, 93100 ï‚‍ There are 10 ways to get a B: 85, 86, 89

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  • Our grades are based on point scale. There are 10 ways to get an A: 90, 91, 93100 There are 10 ways to get a B: 85, 86, 89 There are 6 ways to get a C: 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79

    There are 4 ways to get a D: 70, 71, 72, 73 But there are 70 ways to get an F

  • (A) 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 (B) 89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 (C) 79 78 77 76 75 74 (D) 73 72 71 70 (F) 69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 60 59 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 51 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0

  • (A) 100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 (B) 89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80 (C) 79 78 77 76 75 74 (D) 73 72 71 70

    (F) 69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 60 59 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 51 50With this scale, the lowest grade is a 50

  • 4: Exceeds the standard 3: Meets the Standard 2: Approaches the Standard 1: Does not Meet the Standard Notice there isnt a Zero? and improving from a 1 to a 3 or 4 doesnt seem insurmountable.

  • Is it possible that a student who passes in a minimal assignment might get a 70 while a student who passes in nothing gets a zero? Is the minimal assignment worth 70 points more? Passing in nothing is unacceptable - it deserves a grade of incomplete or failing. On a point scale, the lowest failing grade would be a 50.

  • One zero can be very powerful

    Again, using a different point scale, the failing range is 50 69 and the student passes.failingpassing

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  • Is the final grade appropriate?

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  • Does the final grade reflect their learning?

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  • Giving a student a ZERO is usually a punishment for a students lack of effort or responsibility. But is it necessarily a reflection of their learning?

  • In some Olympic judging events, the high and low scores are thrown out so that one judge cant control the outcome

  • Giving an incomplete lets students know that they are expected to complete the assignment. Giving a 50 allows for a recovery. Giving a zero is a dead end.

  • If a student never does anything, he/she will get all 50s and still fail. If a student is failing, red flags will go up and help will hopefully be on the way in the form of tutoring, extra help, etc.

  • Think about what a zero means.

    Think about what a zero does.

    Think about trying an alternative.