I teach Composition 101. Students submit three to seven drafts of each formal composition, all under the same assignment tab.
I review each submitted draft. When I am finished reading a rough draft, I must grade it, because, if I don't, it stays on my "unfinished" list. So I give the student a 50% (F) and move on.
This is great for me. It shows how many papers I have corrected, and how many I haven't.
But the students don't like getting an F, even temporarily, and even though they understand why I do it.
There's no way around it that I can see.
It has been suggested that I develop separate assignments for Rough Draft and Final Draft, but I don't want to do that. It would be confusing for the students and a lot of extra work for me.
Someone also has suggested I give each draft an accurate grade. That's a waste of my time.
So why not have a grade that isn't a grade? like a null grade, a place-holder?