根据新的评分系统采纳的“无零政策” (no zero policy)，只要学生努力完成作业，就会获得高于50分的成绩。这个“无零政策”旨在减少，或限制学生得零分的机会。
Changes to Middle and High School Grading & Reporting Handbooks (2016-17)
Separation of Work Habits and Achievement
- All grades entered into the gradebook will relate directly to the standards listed in the Program of Studies or other designated curriculum and should reflect a student’s mastery of content or skills.
- Student’s attendance, effort, attitude or other behaviors will be communicated to parents through report comments or other means that do not include grades.
- Late work will be accepted to document learning/mastery. Teacher teams must set reasonable guidelines for turning in late work to encourage work completion by their students. If a student misses an assignment, a placeholder (such as M for missed, I for incomplete, etc.) should be entered into the grade book.
- Patterns of late work should be reported to parents through email or other means.
- Homework for practice or preparation for instruction may account for no more than 10% of a quarter grade.
- Class participation may be included in a student’s grade if it is based on the quality of a student response and not the quantity of responses. If a team will include class participation in a student’s grade, guidelines for assessing must be included in the course syllabus.
- Students will not be given extra credit or grades for activities such as bringing in classroom materials, providing parent signatures, participating in fundraising/charitable events or participating in non-curricular activities.
Maximum/Minimum Weights Grades Can Carry
- Collaborative teams are encouraged to set grading design so that no one assignment/assessment counts more than 30% of the quarter grade.
Retakes with Associated Guidelines
- For major assessments, at least one new opportunity to demonstrate proficiency shall be provided to any student who scores below an 80% and completes corrective action determined by collaborative team.
- An opportunity to demonstrate increased proficiency may be provided to students who score at or above 80% at the discretion of the collaborative team.
- If not all students are afforded the second opportunity then the highest grade that can be earned is an 80%.
- If all students are afforded the second opportunity then the highest grade shall be recorded in the grade book.
Limiting or Eliminating Zeros in a 100 Point Scale
- If a student has been given multiple opportunities to complete work and has not done so, a 0 may be entered in the gradebook at the end of the quarter.
- If a student has made a reasonable attempt to complete work, teams are encouraged to assign a grade no lower than 50.
- Schools that have established “no zero” polices in previous years may continue those policies