Port St. Lucie, Florida – Florida teacher Diane Tirado doesn’t believe in giving students an actual grade when they haven’t turned in assignments. The West Gate school demands that every child receive at least a 50% even if they did no work. She was terminated on Sept 14, but has been a teacher for years.
“Everyone deserves a trophy”
“I’m so upset because we have a nation of kids that are expecting to get paid and live their life just for showing up and it’s not real.” Diane Tirado
The School District responded to reporter’s questions with this:
“Diane Tirado was employed as a teacher for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) from July 30, 2018 to September 14, 2018. She was contracted as a teacher on probationary status, and was terminated shortly after one month of classroom instruction.
SLPS values the importance of maintaining a high-quality teaching staff who support students’ individualized learning needs; who understand the value of forming appropriate and positive relationships with students, colleagues, and parents; and who provide accurate and productive feedback to students on assignments. Wavering on the expectations of quality is not an option.
There is no District or individual school policy prohibiting teachers from recording a grade of zero for work not turned in. The District’s Uniform Grading System utilizes letter grades A-F, numerical grades 100-0 and grade point averages from 4-0.” Kerry Padrick Chief Information Officer
Did she “waver on the expectation of quality?”
WPTV asked them specifically about the notation of “no zeros” in the handbook. Padrick responded with:
“Some classroom teachers and school faculties have discussed the range of points for work submitted in each grading category.
This scale outlines a 10-point range for each letter grade:
A = 90 to 100
B = 80 to 89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = 50=59
A zero is noted on the scale for work not attempted or work that is incomplete.”
Mrs. Tirado put a message on the white board in her student’s class when she was terminated after she gave an assignment in the class notebook and several didn’t turn in anything. She gave the students two weeks to complete the assignment. So she gave them a zero for the lack of work.
“Bye Kids, Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in. ???? Mrs. Tirado”
This Florida teacher stood on the principle that 50% is not correct when a student doesn’t turn in any work. For now, Diane Tirado hopes this will bring about a policy change.
One student responded: “You were right about not giving people 50s because why would you give them half credit for doing nothing?”
Good question – one that the administrators of this school might want to take into consideration.
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