The topic of cheating has come up a couple of times in the last week. Once with a colleague in my school and once in an online conversation. Most schools/districts have some sort of honor policy which makes the procedure pretty simple: zero on the assignment, contact home and record in the file--or some variation of this.
Buy where does learning fit into the policy? If you use standards based grading, do you allow the student to take a re-assessment at a later date? Or better yet, If you use standards based grading, why would a kid cheat in the first place? Do re-assessments encourage poor study skills as kids know they have a safety net in the form of a "do over?"
We all know what a zero does to a final grade. And that grade never reflects what a student actually knows. Should the consequences of cheating show up in the final marks at all?
And yet again, no answers, but lots of questions.