Spinoff of the 100% thread - What about zeros? I read and read about how horrible it is to 'give' a student a zero. Well, I've never 'given' a student a zero. Nor have I given any student a 100. They earn what they earn. I decide on a grading scale for each assessment before I start grading and the students get what they get. I had two students on Friday turn in blank answer sheets for a test. I've worked and worked with these students. They are used to having M/C tests and when they received one from me that was free response, they balked. One did not even read the questions before he told me that he did not know the material. They knew ahead of time what the format would be. They were told specifically which thinking maps to study. But they did nothing. I have several students that are absent frequently. They do not make up work. According to some people I should either exempt them from the work or give them a 60%. I think that is nuts. What is exactly the reasoning behind the "they don't do the work but we should give them points anyhow" idea?