|August 17, 2023 11:11 AM
|Representative Valerie S. Gaydos
|All House members
|Prohibiting "No-Zero" Grading Policies
|In the near future I plan to introduce legislation that would prohibit school districts from requiring teachers to implement a minimum grade policy.
Minimum grade policies, which are often referred to as “No-Zero” grading policies, prevent our educators from grading a student’s assignment as a zero no matter how late or poorly done the assignment was.
Supporters of these policies will argue that when a student receives a zero it is harder for them to bring their overall grade back to passing. What they fail to acknowledge is that no-zero polices diminish the accountability for students to correctly do their assignments in a timely manner. By removing accountability from students, they are being set up for failure once they graduate high school and move onto college or a career path. Accountability must be instilled within our Commonwealth students to best prepare them for life after school, and no-zero policies do the complete opposite.
Each student is uniquely different, and a no-zero one size fits all policy undermines a teacher’s efforts to differentiate for student’s needs and does not belong within our public school system.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation for our Commonwealth students.
Introduced as HB1933