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    Summary of changes to grading and student promotion policies

    Yesterday, the N.C. State Board of Education approved changes to grading and student promotion.  Here is a summary of those changes:…
    Terry Stoops, April 24, 2020
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    Grading standards matter

    In a recent Fordham Institute study, Seth Gershenson of American University examined Algebra I grades and test scores from North Carolina public school students to determine if tougher grading standards raised student test scores and produced other positive outcomes.  He summarizes his findings for EducationNext: Students assigned to…
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2020
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    N.C. teachers chat about “no zeros” grading policy

    My favorite Facebook page, North Carolina Teachers United, has an interesting thread about no zeros grading policies.  Teachers are not allowed to give students a zero on an assignment, even if they do not complete it. Teachers seem to like it, even though it sends the wrong message to children.
    Terry Stoops, August 21, 2019
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    Teachers: “No zeroes” grading policy common in North Carolina

    Following a report that a Florida school district fired a teacher who objected to a “no zeroes” policy, dozens of teachers have said that their schools and districts enforce a “no zeroes” policy that awards students a minimum grade even if they do not complete the assignment.  In most…
    Terry Stoops, September 27, 2018