Monday, November 10, 2008

Collier County: 50 is the new 0.

NAPLES -- (AP) -- Fifty is the new zero for Collier County elementary school students.

The school district has replaced 0 with 50 as the lowest score a student can get on an assignment. Officials say zeros are punitive and rarely reflect a student's overall abilities.

Students will not be allowed to ignore assignments and just accept an automatic 50. They will be required to make up any work they skipped.

The union that represents most of the district's teachers says it undermines teachers' credibility in the classroom, and that students need to know there are consequences for not doing the work.

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