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For the first time in 20 years, Baltimore County Public Schools have changed their grading policy. WIth the new system, homework and the student’s behavior is not factored in the overall grade and they’re not allowed to give students a grade lower than 50%.

According to Fox 45, Community Superintendent for Zone 2 George Roberts told that low grades can damage a student’s “feeling of self-potential.”

“The power of the zero is extremely powerful and frankly hurtful to a student. If a child gets a zero on an assignment, it’s that much harder for the child to come out of.”

What are your thoughts on this new grading policy?

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