Grading Policy - late work

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  1. AnonyMS

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    As a teacher, I was never allowed to take off as many points as it would take to put the student into the lower letter-grade. So, for example, if a child earned a grade of 93 on an assignment but turned it in late then I could only take off 2 points so student still had an A on the work.

    At my daughter's middle school, I just learned that the late-work grading policy has teachers taking off TWENTY POINTS PER DAY for late classwork and homework and - get this - THIRTY POINTS PER DAY for late projects and long-term assignments.

    I'm not sure if this is a district rule or not (in her elementary school, teachers could take off 11 points... which I think is a lot as well).

    I'm appalled! One late assignment could ruin a students' entire term average! [and yes, I realize it is a determent to turning in late work, but sheesh... it's very punitive]

    What is your school's policy?
     
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    for major projects, it's 10 points a day. For regular classwork it's up to the teacher.

    My own policy (high school) is that my kids can miss, then make up for full credit, up to 3 homeworks per marking period.

    For those major projects, kids who are absent have a couple of choices:
    -they can send it in with a friend; any teacher would be more than happy to put it into another teacher's mailbox.

    - they can email it.The school website has a link to our emails

    - the can get it to the post office. As long as the postmark matches the due date, they're fine.
     
  4. Mr D

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    I do not think lowering a grade by one letter grade for each day late is unreasonable at all. That is what I do.

    There is not a school wide poilicy at my school. It is up to individual teachers or teams to decide. My policy is 10% off per day late, and not accepted after a week. This applies to both daily work and projects. Most teachers in the school have the same or a similar policy.
     
  5. London

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    We're not allowed to take off any points for late work. We can give a behavior consequence (Like after school/lunch detention)., but we try to make sure the grade reflects the students knowledge of the subject, rather than effort/behavior. I really wish we had a seperate conduct grade (for things like behavior, effort, responsibility, coopertiveness in groups, etc).
     
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    I think the simplest way is a letter grade each day or 10 points depending on how it's graded.
     
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    I take 10 pts a day for a max of 5 days (one day) late. After that it is a zero.
     
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    Our school policy is 20 points for one day late and a zero after that.Whether or not to allow the student to make up that 0 is up to the teacher. I allow students to make up the 0 if they give up their time before school or after school. But that's only on regular assignments.

    Some things I won't accept late work on at all. Things with long due dates (book reports, projects, research papers), I won't accept them late. If they are going to be gone with a school event the day it's due, they have to turn it in before hand.

    The only exception is if something tragic happens. I had a kid whose father died in a car accident and I gave him until the end of the grading period.

    If they get their work done on time, it's not an issue.
     
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    My old school's policy was one letter grade lower for each day late. After two days it would not be accepted.
     
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    I'm the opposite. I take things with long due dates late at a 10 pt per day penalty because 0s on these assignments can be devastating. With HW and other minor assignments that don't impact the grade much, I only take them late in emergencies, and I also drop the lowest minor score.
     
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    1 day late = 20% of the earned score
    2 or more days late = 50% of the earned score

    this is a school policy and I like it. One day late punishes but doesn't break a student.
     
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    I use a rubric for nearly every assignment, and the deadline is figured in to that. Generally, that category is about 10% (sometimes more) of the grade, so if they turn it in on time, they get full credit, if not they lose a few percentage points until they reach 10% (or whatever it's set at for that assignment). After that, they don't lose any more. Does that make sense? LOL.
     
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    Most teachers at my school assess a 10% penalty for each day an assignment is turned in late.
     
  14. Brendan

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    Technically, I don't take any late work. With that being said my student have three late work passes per semester. They can be used to postpone a major assignment, test, or quiz (worth over 50 points) two days or minor assignments (under 50 points) up to a week. Unused passes are worth 10 points each on the total points for the semester.
     
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    My school's late work policy is that we accept everything up to within 48 hours or so of turning in grades. It can be extremely aggravating to handle a dozen students turning in weeks worth of assignments at once. However, I prefer to pass the student and show that he or she has mastered the standards required for graduation. This year, I'm in a more structured classroom, and I hope one of the benefits is that more students follow my pacing guide for their work.
     
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    For the longest time, I accepted it "free of charge" for the first 24 hours, then took 5% off the grade for each day. Even that was pretty lenient, but I decided to try an experiment one year and accept late work without consequence, as long as it was turned in within the same quarter. Not the kind of thing that would work for Math or Social Studies or whatnot, I don't think, but a Language Arts class? It was worth trying just so I would know the impact.

    I'd never SEEN a gradebook so free of missing work. In retrospect, I wonder if the decaying potential for credit on an assignment acts as a deterrent on Middle level minds. Seeing as they are so very linear and literal in thinking, but also a little loopy (as it were)....it's possible.

    Anyway, I never took points off for late again. And not only was almost all late work in my class turned in, but most of it would show up within a day or two. Even when it didn't that worked well, because kids would go back near the end of the quarter and reread pieces because they forgot to do the associated homework...more text time.
     
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    Well... I don't accept late classwork or homework. At all. Ok, except for absentees and family emergencies. But otherwise, if it's not in on time - after having a week to complete it - it's a zero.

    Projects and essays, on the other hand - I take them late, and there's no penalty.
     
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    mcparadigm, yes I agree that the decaying potential for credit was a deterrent. It set them into a really weird pubescent power play which is always a dizzying display of lack of logic. The "if you are going to penalize me for being late then I just won't turn it in at all. So, THERE!" attitude on display. You know kids that age. They think these extremes are really getting at you when in fact they don't realize they are hurting themselves instead.
     
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    At my middle school our school-wide policy is:
    You can only earn up to an 85% after 1 day
    Not accepted any on the 2nd day or later

    It's really strict. I didn't even have a policy this strict with my high schoolers, but I am told that we all have to follow it.
     
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    Our school wide policy is that late work is not accepted. If a student has an EXCUSED absence then the due date is extended to the end of the next school day. Additionally the failure to turn in work on time is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in other disciplinary action such as detention, Saturday School and standards (sentences).
     
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    As a school we are not allowed to accept any late work. It's an automatic zero, plus they still have to do it for practice.
     
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    I'm a math teacher. With homework I will except it one day late once per quarter for full credit. I don't assign projects but if I did I would dock twenty points a day, maximum of two days late.
     
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    I don't take regular homework late, but I let them miss one without penalty. For bigger assignments/projects, they are 10% off per day. If a student knows well ahead of time that they may need an extra day or so, I am extremely flexible. I am not flexible though, if they wait until the day it is due to ask for an extension.
     
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    My policy for HW is 100% on-time, 80% if late, but by test day, 50% for any time after that.

    CW/projects is 10 points off per day late up to 5 days. Max Penalty- 50 points.

    I take late work at any point up until 2 weeks before the end of the semester (so I don't get bogged down grading 3 month old work).
     
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    We are not allowed to take off points for late work. I have to accept all work at any time during the school year, and it can change a student's average from previous grading periods.
     
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    Teachers here do one of two things:
    1. One day late accepted = 50%
    2. Late work is simply not accepted = 0%
     
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    I have to accept late work for any time in the semester. (classes are a semester long at my school.) It can be very bothersome getting something turned in that late and having to grade it. I had a mountain this week. Students at my school have to have mastery (90 percent or better) to pass every class.... soooo students were turning things in all week.

    The thought is that we should be testing the students on their knowledge of the subject, not whether they turn it in on time. But I also see some value in having to do things on time, what if I decided to do grade cards late or lesson plans late.
     
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    10% per day. Obviously anything after 10 days they receive a 0 in the gradebook.
     
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    My policy for all assignments is this:

    -5 points per day missing.

    After 2-3 weeks of late/missing work (the 2-3 depends on when I have recess duty, if I have recess duty then I can't be in my classroom), I hold the kids in from recess beginning on Monday of that week, where they will sit with me for 15 minutes and work on missing work. So pretty much, I chase them down for their work. If by Friday of the week, after sitting in the classroom and having the option of doing it at home as well they STILL haven't turned the assignment in, it's a zero. At the same time they still lose the points of 5 per day, so many of late students (usually the same 6 of 43 students) are only getting grades of 20 or 30 for the late assignments. I figure that I am doing everything short of completing the assignment for them. I can't imagine a parent challenging me on something like that when I have given them every ounce of opportunity to turn the work in.

    I do the same for projects. All assignments are out of 100, they are just weighted differently. So no matter what type of assignment, they lose 5 points a day.

    So basically if students are late 2 weeks (sometimes 3 if they luck out with my recess schedule) they will either turn it in by the end of the week or get a zero. I am not going to be grading things over a month old.
     
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    I don't understand this mentality. 90% mastery and that is all that matters?? I'd rather have the 70 and have them learn the value of doing things on time. Aren't we supposed to be preparing them for life and careers/jobs in the real world? The same jobs who will fire people for being 1 minute late 5 or more times in a year??
     
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    I don't accept late work at all.
     
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    I don't accept any homework that is late, but I only give homwork two to three times a week. We go over it in class, because what is the point of having homework then? I allow extended time on assignments we work on in class. Since I have 40 to 50 graded assignments, one grade won't hurt their grade that much.
     
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    My school has no late policy… I have to accept work pretty much any time. The premise is that we should only be grading if the students know the material or not. Maybe I should decide to do my lesson plans late? Whenever I feel like it lol.
     
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    Each teacher has their own policy, mine is; if it is not in the folder by the time the buses leave (3:10) I will not accept it without a REAL excuse (i.e, family emergency, pre-arranged, excused absence, school business, etc..)
     
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    The last day they can hand in an assignment is the last day of the quarter. They will lose points, but I never give zeros if the student hands the assignment in.
     
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    We have a no Zero policy so if they don't turn in their work, they go to ZAP (zero's aren't permitted) and finish their work. They receive 30 points off on the first day, 50 the second day and a ZERO on the third day.
    Not sure why we say Zero aren't permitted because they are.
     
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    10% off/day up to a maximum of 50% off.
     
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    HW - next year we (our team) is going to a no late HW accepted policy; if it is late, it is a zero. I feel if a parent sends a note stating that Johnny was sick, had a family emergency, etc, the HW should be accepted within one day. We all have days like that. If it happens often, I plan on calling a parent meeting. Our team is also talking about giving 4 HW passes for each 6 week grading period. I've always given HW passes.

    On projects, I've always taken one letter grade off every day it is late. If it isn't handed in at all, they get zero. If they finally hand it in, it gets 50%. If they are absent on the due date, it has to be handed in on the day they return or it starts being counted late. This goes for HW too, if they had the HW assignment prior to being absent. I'm a bit lenient when it comes to making up HW missed while they were absent.
     
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    I accept assignments late without penalty. On the other hand, that means that an assignment not handed in at all is a zero, because I'm still holding that position open in my gradebook.
     
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    I will tell students I will take off 10% a day for late projects. I rarely do though because I don't want to take the work to enter in the grade AND do extra math to recalculate the grade. But I still tell them that.
     
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    At my daughter´s school they only accept work 1 day late for 50% credit...it´s insane....It has severely hurt my DH...I don´t think it is fair at all. Yes, she is 12 and needs to be responsible, but she IS 12....and it´s like they have set her up to fail. If she forgets something she one day she already fails the assignment. After 1 day they won´t accept it at all. I am not okay with that.
     

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