by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
School districts in North Carolina, particularly Wake County Schools, have talked about creating a minimum grade/score for years. In some of the state’s public schools, the no-zero policy is an unwritten rule.
Now, a district in South Carolina plans to implement a “zero zeroes” policy.
[Greenville County] Board trustee Danna Rohleder told FOX Carolina zeros are destructive to a student’s progress, and teachers are encouraged to give a 61 for incomplete work, and then work with the student to help get their grade up. She said studies have shown students are more likely to be motivated to complete future assignments when zeros are not issued.