Sorry, students: School board axes controversial policy banning grades of zero
Teachers now able to award zeroes for grades, deduct marks for late assignments
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) has ended a controversial policy that kept teachers from deducting marks when work was handed in late.
That means teachers are now able to award zeroes for grades, and students can no longer wait until the end of the term to pass in assignments.
Teachers had complained the policy was unfair to students who did meet deadlines, and that it created extra work at the end of the year.
"Any policy has to survive the realities of the classroom, and we learned from our policy development,' said NLESD CEO Tony Stack.
"At times, you'll have to adjust and we adjusted the course, in this case, and I think what we've got now is a very good balance."
Students will face adjustment
At Gonzaga High School in St. John's on Thursday, the news was all the students could talk about at lunchtime.
Rhys Northcote said many students were surprised by the news, and that students who are used to passing in work late won't be able to do it anymore.
"After tests, we don't get to redo them anymore. If we miss it we need a doctors note, otherwise we just get a zero for it."
The NLESD says it did realize there were unintended consequences to a policy that was designed to encourage students to complete their work, instead of teach them to get used to loose deadlines.
"I'm sure right now as we speak in classrooms, the subtle changes to what we've done are being talked about and shared with students, and they will adapt as they always do," said Stack
With files from Zach Goudie