I have always struggled with how to assess late work. There seem to be a few different theories.
My policy (until recently) was that I would take late work until the end of the quarter, but it would only be for 50% credit. This was deflating a lot of my peanuts' grades beyond repair so I knew I needed a new policy.
After some great chats with some great teachers on Twitter (specifically @slymrgn and @rachlabossiere) I was pointed to a fabulous blog post by @tomschimmer detailing his abhorrence of late penalties. Basically, he feels
Late Penalties lead to inaccuracy, which leads to deflated grades, which distorts the students’ achievement; their true ability to meet the intended learning outcomes. In most jurisdictions (if not all) grades are supposed to reflect the student’s ability to meet the intended learning outcomes of the course they are enrolled in. In my 20 years I have never seen a curriculum guide that had “handing in work on time” as a learning intention. It’s possible that one exists, I've just never seen it.So here is my new and improved policy.
- I'll take your late work until the week before grades are due without penalty to the assignment.
- There is one assignment in my grade book for "timeliness". If you hand in an assignment late, I will remove points from this assignment (1 point per day).
- I drop the lowest assignment at the end of the term. If that ends up being your late work assignment, late work will not artificially deflate your grade, but timeliness has the potential to allow you to bomb one assignment without negative effects.
Did I miss any glaring problems with this new policy? I would love feedback on the new policy as well as other ideas for what teachers do!