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Greenville Co. Schools to implement a no-zero policy

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Middle school students who skimp on homework won't get zeros at Greenville Co. Schools (Source: Google Images) Middle school students who skimp on homework won't get zeros at Greenville Co. Schools (Source: Google Images)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Students who cheat, plagiarize or otherwise do not turn in an assignment at Greenville Co. middle schools will no longer receive a zero, officials said. 

The no-zero grading practice will be implemented at all area middle schools come fall, but the practice is raising eyebrows among some parents, who say students should be held accountable for work not turned in. 

But being held accountable, school district officials said, does not necessarily mean having to get a zero. Instead, students who fail to turn in assignments will receive a 61, still a failing grade. The argument among school board members is that a 61 grade is much easier to come back from. A zero can only be raised to a D by receiving three 100s. 

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. 

"Sometimes grades are hooked to behavior and we don't want that, we want authentic assessment of what the student knows," said Rohleder.

Principal Karen Kapp at Sevier Middle School said her teachers are already implementing the no-zero grading practice. 

"The idea that we're not putting zeroes in the gradebook or not putting grades below 61 has been really a positive thing for children who might struggle with or without a lot of support at home," said Kapp. 

The Board has yet to put the new policy in writing. 

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