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Professional development is delivered through various models in different schools/districts.  In general, how would you rate the quality of professional development delivered in your school/district through the various models listed below.

PD offered by outside consultants or by regional centers

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PD offered by members of the teaching staff

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Results of our previous survey.

Does your school/district give grades of zero (without permitting make-ups) for missing or late student work? Under what circumstances indicated below is the grade of zero (without permitting make-ups) awarded? Please check all that apply.

Zeros are given for student work submitted after the deadline. -8.6%

Zeros are given for work/tests due on days of unexcused absence.-8.6%

Zeros are given for missing homework assignments.----------------24.1%

Zeros are given for work due on days of suspension from school.--1.7%

Zeros are never assigned as a grade.----------------------------------36.2%

Other  (see below)-----------------------------------------------------------18.9%

Particularly in the middle school grades in which students should be more responsible with due dates and deadlines after several reminders.

This is punitive practice and is useless for students- 

We need to rethink the purpose of 'zero' and how we can be sure the majority of our classes do their work to avoid this practice.

It is decided building by building or, in some cases, by department or grade level. We have had conversation about making a district policy, but have not done so yet.

Students gain points for work completed.

The use of zero is considered extremely prejudicial. However, work that is not done, or tests scores must be recorded as graded. Students however are given opportunities to retake tests, to make-up homework or science labs. Report card grades are 45 for absence, 55 for failed, 65 and above for passing, for credit. Grades are more symbolic than strictly quantitative because one zero would drop the student's average below a recoverable point. But, some teachers think zeros are appropriate!!!

If I never see the assignment completed...it is a Zero. I make comment in the grade book that the assignment was never handed in.

Work should always be accepted from students. The ideas is that they learn.

Zeros are also assigned for cheating or failing to do projects in class. 

A zero means you literally did nothing.

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