No more zeros: Atlanta Public Schools to make changes to grading system

A change to how teachers grade their students is underway in Atlanta. It's sparking opposition, even as principals prepare to implement the new policy.

Routinely, should a student be unable or unwilling to complete an assignment, the teacher hands down a score of zero.

The "amendment" to the grading system requires that zero to be upgraded to a 50. Teachers say they have also been asked to go back and change old grades to reflect the new rule.

FOX 5 did not get a clear rationale for the change.

A spokesperson from the deputy superintendent's office says it is "to ensure that it equitably supports our students academic growth and empowers them to improve their performance, while also maintaining academic rigor..."