Baltimore Co. Public Schools revises grading system, factoring out homework and behavior

Baltimore County Public Schools has adopted a new philosophy as the foundation for its grading system. (WBFF)

TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) -- Baltimore County Public Schools has adopted a new philosophy as the foundation for its grading system for the first time in 20 years.

Many teachers just learned about the policy change when they returned to school last week.

Under the new system, a student’s behavior is factored out of his or her grades. The school system also now recommends that teachers do not factor homework into overall grades or give students marks below 50%.

Community Superintendent for Zone 2 George Roberts says low marks can damage a student's feeling of self-potential.

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

Under the revised approach, effort, class participation and attendance are also considered factors that distort grades.

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