Late Work Part III
I've discussed why we might accept late work and followed with the question of fairness. If you want to, read Part I and Part II. But it is not necessary to understand this post. Now, I'd like to look at how could we manage a system that allows late work. The unfortunate part of the high school report card is that we want it to reflect the learning of the student and the work ethic of the student. As of now, both are tied to the letter grade written on the report card. Is this acceptable? I will operate this discussion believing that the letter grade is more than just a reflection of learned content.
Scenario One: NO LATE WORK
Number of Assignments--15 (5-10 points; 5--20 points; 5--50 points)
Total Points Possible--400 points.
Student A turns in 14/15 assignments (4/5-10 points; 5/5--20 points; 5/5--50 points)
10 Point Assignments: 6,6,0,9,9=30
20 Point Assignments: 15, 15, 20, 15, 20=85
50 Point Assignments: 45, 35, 50, 40, 40=210
Total: 325/400= 81% B- (Completed Work Average: 83%)
Student B turns in 14/15 assignments (5/5-10 points; 4/5--20 points; 5/5--50 points)
10 Point Assginments: 8,8,7,7,9=39
20 Point Assignments: 18,18,19,0,15=70
50 Point Assignments: 45,40,45,40,45=215
Total 324/400=81% B- (Completed Work Average: 85%)
Student C turns in 14/15 assignments (5/5-10 points; 5/5--20 points; 4/5--50 points)
10 Point Assginments: 9,9,10,10,10=48
20 Point Assignments: 18,19,20,20,20=97
50 Point Assignments: 45,45,50,0,40=180
Total: 325/400=81% B- (Completed Work Average: 93%)
That just doesn't sound fair to me. Student C is being affected far worse than the others. And, his work is much better.
If I charged a 25% late fee, here is how it would affect:
Student A's 10 Point Assignment: 8. Fee Assessed: 6. New Score: 331 (83%)
Student B's 20 Point Assignment: 17. Fee Assessed: 12. New Score: 336 (84%)
Student C's 50 Point Assignment: 50. Fee Assesed: 38. New Score: 363 (91%)
I think this is fair. I could live with that. In fact, as I write this, I am reminded of credit cards. Maybe because I need to pay mine. If at the beginning of the year I charged a 10% W.P.R. (Weekly Percentage Rate), I could allow students to miss an on-time payment. If a student's credit score continued to decline, I could up the W.P.R. Now this is real world.
*Note: Any mathematical errors are unintentional and a result of my inability to do simple math--but I did do all of my assignments!