“Evaluation is the cornerstone of quality student assessment,” he said in April. “It measures student success and demonstrates where improvements are needed. And yet despite government’s assurances that a No Zero Evaluation Policy encourages students to do their best work, the reality is it creates apathy and leaves students ill-prepared to meet expectations, perform assigned tasks, and make firm deadlines.”

Don’t believe it? Ask teachers. They know what it’s doing to kids’ motivation, and it isn’t pretty.

Better yet, for a thorough summary of the flawed reasoning behind no-zero policies, read Michael Zwaagstra’s “Zero Support for No-Zero Policies” at michaelzwaagstra.com.

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