This has been a big topic locally. Teachers are not allowed to give a 0 to student who does not hand anything in. The lowest grade they can receive is 25%!!!:angry1:
The Edmonton Public School Board will debate a motion to review the controversial ?no-zero? grading policy Tuesday.
And suspended physics teacher Lynden Dorval expects the motion to pass.
The debate comes after Dorval was suspended with pay from his post at Ross Sheppard High School when its grading policy demanded Dorval use comment evaluations like ?unable to assess? when students failed to turn in work.
Dorval opted to continue giving students zeroes and was suspended for insubordination.
Dorval believes the wide-spread debate about the policy that was sparked by his suspension will lead to a critical administrative review of the ?ineffective? policy that he fought and may lose his job over it.
?It?s certainly beginning to feel like my gesture of standing up to it was worthwhile. I?d feel better about it if it passes,? Dorval said on Sunday.
The motion, brought forward by Ward F trustee Michael Janz, recommends the Policy Review Committee look at policies related to student assessment to ensure ?clarity, consistency, and to ensure that students are held to high standards.?
Janz said trustees have been flooded with e-mails and letters about the ?no-zero? policy, which gained national media attention after Dorval?s suspension.http://www.edmontonsun.com/2012/06/24/no-zero-policy-to-be-debated