Common Comprehensive Assessments 2018 – 2019

Common Comprehensive Assessment 2018 – 2019
Posted on 12/03/2018

(formerly called Mid-Year Exams)

Rationale for the Exams:
Common Comprehensive Assessments (CCAs) are considered a vital academic experience and will be given in all subject areas.  The exams will cover all material presented from the start of school to the beginning of the examination date.  Teachers will inform students of the evaluation policies and of their particular requirements. 

CCAs have intrinsic value.  High stakes testing is wide spread in our society.  Students will be expected to prepare for and pass several such tests in their future.  CCAs are a concrete experience to assist them in learning to prepare for such tests.  These examinations allow students the opportunity to review and reflect on the year’s work and to demonstrate mastery of the subject studies.  To that end, we encourage students to take the examination process seriously by allowing sufficient time to review the material that will be covered on the exam. 

Schedule and Administration of Exams:
All teachers will review for the CCAs.  Teachers will be responsible for reviewing the material and answering any questions that students may have pertaining to the exam and/or the exam schedule.  After the testing period, teachers will be responsible for going over the exams and answering any questions students may have pertaining to the exam and/or their grade. 

To the best of a department’s ability, the CCAs will be standardized by course and by level.  If a scale is used on an exam, the scale will be determined by the teachers involved and will be consistent across the course and level.

*As a reminder, the combination of the CCA and the Final exam is 20% of a student’s final grade (or 10% of each half year’s average).  This combination is the equivalent of a term grade and therefore should be taken very seriously.     

Common Comprehensive Assessment (CCA) Policy:
No student in grades 9-12 is exempt from CCAs
.  To preclude any confusion or inequities in the administration of exams, it is imperative that students make every effort to be present for exam days.  Students who are unable to be present at an exam must be able to verify that their absence is an excused absence.  Simply missing an exam, sleeping in late or going on vacation does not constitute an excusable reason to miss an exam.  Make-up exams will be administered on scheduled makeup days agreed upon with the teacher.  Students who are approved by their Assistant Principal/Administrator to make up their exam, but do not do so within 10 school days from the date of their return will receive a zero.  In addition, if a student does not present a valid absent note on the date of their return, deemed appropriate by ADMINISTRATION, they will be ineligible to take the make-up exam and will consequently receive a zero.

All absent notes MUST be verified by an administrator prior to taking the exam.  If an administrator’s signature is not on the absent note, it will not be considered valid and the student will not be permitted to take the exam.  Any medical absence must be accompanied by a Physician’s statement/note.

All students must remain for the entire 90-minute testing period.  NO student will be permitted to leave early from any exam.

On December 18th – 21st, students will have a half-day of school each day.  They will arrive at school at the regular start time (7:20) and proceed directly to their first exam.  If a student does not have an exam, they do not have to be present in school.  If a student is present in school, but not taking an exam due to being assigned to a study, they will report to their assigned study.  Dismissal time will be at approximately 10:40 a.m. and bus transportation will be provided at that time.  Lunch will not be served on the half days.

Academic dishonesty or attempting to be academically dishonest on an examination is treated as a very serious matter.  Whenever, in the professional judgment of a teacher, there is evidence of academic dishonesty on an examination, the student(s) will receive a zero on the exam with no opportunity to make it up and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.


Common Comprehensive Assessment Schedule 2018-2019

Monday, December 17th:         All teachers must review with their classes for exams. 

Tuesday, December 18th:         ½ day of school for students (teachers remain the full day)
                                                       Block 1 Exam:                7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
                                                       Block 2 Exam:                9:10 – 10:40 a.m.

Wednesday, December 19th:  ½ day of school for students (teachers remain for the full day)
                                                       Block 3 Exam:                7:30 – 9:00 a.m.          
                                                       Block 4 Exam:                9:10 – 10:40 a.m.
                                                       Approved Make-Up Exams: 10:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 20th:       ½ day of school for students (teachers remain for the full day) 
                                                       Block 5 Exam:                7:30 – 9:00 a.m.          
                                                       Block 6 Exam:                9:10 – 10:40 a.m.
                                                       Approved Make-Up Exams: 10:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  

Friday, December 21st:             ½ day of school for staff and students
                                                       Advisory                         7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
                                                       Block 7 Exam:                9:10 – 10:40 a.m.

Wednesday, January 2nd:         Day E (4-5-6-7-1-2)


*Only students with absences that meet the administration’s approval will be permitted to take the make-up exams.  Students may have to make arrangements to remain after dismissal on December 19th – 20th to make-up exams.  Non-approved absences will result in a zero on the exam. All medical absences must be accompanied by a physician’s note.

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