Mid Year Exam Information

Mid Year Exam Information


Rationale for the Exams:
Mid-Year exams 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 end of the second quarter.  Teachers will inform students of the evaluation policies and of their particular requirements. 

Mid-Year exams 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.  Mid-Year exams 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 semesters’ 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 Mid-Year Exams.  Teachers will be responsible for reviewing the material and answering any questions that student 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 Mid-Year exams 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 Mid-Year exam and the Final exam is 20% of the students’ 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.     

Mid-Year Exam Policy:
No student in grades 9-12 is exempt from Mid-Year Exams.  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 the scheduled make up days (January 17th – January 19th).  If this is not possible, the make- up will be scheduled at the convenience of the administrator.  Students who do not make up the exam 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 an 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 be unable to sit for 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 January 16th, 17th, and 18th, students will have a half-day of school.  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, he/she will be permitted to sit in the cafeteria for an informal study.  Students are not permitted to walk around the building out of consideration for students who are taking exams.  Dismissal time will be at approximately 10:40 and bus transportation will be provided at that time. 

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.

Mid-Year Exam Schedule 2017-2018

January 11th and/or 12th:        All teachers will review with their classes for exams. 

Tuesday, January 16th:            ½ day of school for students (teacher remain the full day)
                                                Block 7 Exam:              7:30 – 9:00
                                                Block 6 Exam:              9:10 – 10:40

Wednesday, January 17th:      ½ day of school for students (teachers remain for the full day)
                                                Block 5 Exam:              7:30 – 9:00     
                                                Block 4 Exam:              9:10 – 10:40
                                                Approved Make-Up Exams:    10:45 – 2:00

Thursday, January 18th:           ½ day of school for students (teachers remain for the full day) 
                                                Block 3 Exam:              7:30 – 9:00     
                                                Block 2 Exam:              9:10 – 10:40
                                                Approved Make-Up Exams:    10:45 – 2:00  

Friday, January 19th:               Block 1 Exam / Review Day / Approved Make-Up Day / Pretend it is Day A for the
                                                first six periods of the day and then Day B for last period
                                                Block 1 Exam:  7:30 – 9:00
                                                Block 2:           9:03 – 9:48     
LIBRARY WILL                          Block 3:           9:52 – 10:38   
BE CLOSED                              Block 4:           10:41 – 12:02
FOR THE DAY                           Block 5:           12:06 – 12:42
                                                Block 6:           12:45 – 1:21
                                                Block 7:           1:24 – 2:00

Monday, January 22nd:           First day of Semester Two classes / Start of Term 3

*Only absences that meet administration’s approval will be permitted to take the make-up exams.  Students may have to make arrangements to remain after dismissal on January 17 and/or 18th to make-up exams.  Non-approved absences will result in a zero on the exam. Vacations do not count as approved absences.  All medical absences must be accompanied by a physician’s note.

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