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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: August 17, 2023 11:11 AM
From: Representative Valerie S. Gaydos
To: All House members
Subject: 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