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Published by: Roger Curtis on Jul 11, 2012
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Zeros or No-zeros? Stats from 6 EPSB high schools 
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 While the 8 graphs could stand alone, explanatorynotes have been added so parents, students and thegeneral public may gain a better understanding.EMAIL: critically.analyzed@gmail.com
Zeros or No-zeros? Stats from 6 EPSB high schools 
A colleague challenged me to research andconsider the effectiveness and soundness of areformed grading policy as presented by KenO’Conner AND others.
inding little more than anecdotal evidence andO’Conner’s own admissions on this “
The Grade Doctor” 
sitethat he is not aware of any hard-core research, Iconcluded I had to do my own study.Please consider it as only a starting point for a re-evaluation of the this new assessment model that isapparently being imposed on EPSB high schools.
Zeros or No-zeros? Stats from 6 EPSB high schools 
My Research Evolved Into Three Realizations:
• I was surprised by my findings. Some of the “reformed” practiceshave been conducted by caring, master teachers for decades and agreewith O’Connor’s
Grading for Learning 
type of philosophy. But searchesreveal that the policy is certainly not “accepted” by all educators and isclearly “controversial”. Evidence is not hard evidence, only anecdotal.Although I am frustrated, I’m trying to get beyond the “no-zero”/“zero”argument to find middle ground here and identify root causesso we could work together at restoring a healthy educationalenvironment.
The 8 charts included are clearly very telling--
so what’s wrong?)
A “new operating system of management” proposed by Daniel Pink
(quoted as an authority on motivation by supporters)
suggests autonomybe given to students to promote mastery and sense of purpose
(Shouldn’t this autonomy be given back to teachers as well for the same reason?)

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