(KMOV) –This year the Rockwood School District put in writing that it will accept late work from students without penalizing their grades.
On page five of the Secondary Schools Best grading Practices Guidebook, it reads, “late/missing work will be accepted for full credit.” Of course, the obvious question is what this teaches students about the importance of deadlines, something they will be evaluated on repeatedly after they leave Rockwood middle and high schools.
Dr. Jim Wipke, Rockwood’s Executive Director of Secondary Education insists the district is still holding students accountable. He said, “When a student doesn’t turn in an assignment, there are consequences.”
Wipke and longtime teacher Katie Nease insist this approach still holds students accountable for late work, even though they admit some students simply don’t do their work. Nease began teaching this way a decade ago.
News 4 checked with other local school districts to see if they are using the same guidelines for late work, but they did not respond by our deadline.
Rockwood insists the practice is not unheard of, but it does appear to be unusual.
The Rockwood School District serves a large area of west St. Louis County and part of Jefferson County and is widely recognized as one of the best school districts in the area.