1st Semester Exam Schedule
Below is the exam schedule and policies for the first semester. Exam exemptions forms will be available for pick up through Lisa Davis in in the AP office beginning Monday, December 3. The completed exemption form is to be returned to Lisa Davis no later than Wednesday, December 12.
December 3 - Exam exemption forms available at Lisa Davis’s desk. These are due back in Ms. Davis’s office by Wednesday, December 12.
December 11 - First day of early exam availability. Students must see Ms. Toni Howard in guidance for this request of hardship.
FIRST SEMESTER EXAM SCHEDULE
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - Two exam periods, each at least 90 minutes in length, will be scheduled. Class periods will be shortened, with the exception of the lunch period to accommodate the exams.
7:20-7:55 Review Period 1
8:00-10:15 Period 1 Examination
10:55-11:30 Review Period 2
11:35-1:50 Period 2 Examination
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - Two exam periods, each at least 90 minutes in length, will be scheduled. Class periods will be shortened, with the exception of the lunch period to accommodate the exams.
7:20-7:55 Review Period 3
8:00- 10:15 Period 3 Examination
10:55-11:30 Review Period 4
11:35-1:50 Period 4 Examination
Thursday, December 20, 2018 - Two exam periods, each at least 90 minutes in length, will be scheduled. Class periods will be shortened, with the exception of the lunch period to accommodate the exams.
7:20-7:55 Review Period 5
8:00- 10:15 Period 5 Examination
10:55-11:30 Review Period 6
11:35-1:50 Period 6 Examination
Friday, December 21, 2018 - One exam period of at least 90 minutes in length scheduled during the school day for a 7 period day or two exam periods scheduled during the school day for an 8 period day. Class periods will be shortened, with the exception of the lunch period to accommodate the exam.
7:20-7:55 Review Period 7
8:00-10:15 Period 7 Examination
10:55-11:35 Period 1
11:40-12:20 Period 2
12:25-1:05 Period 3
1:10-1:50 Period 4
Not before the conclusion of school day Monday, December 10, 2018; please direct students to Ms. Davis in the AP office if they request this exception.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE DURING EXAMS:
-All students are expected to be in attendance during the examination period.
Final Examinations (School Board Policy)
A final examination is a comprehensive assessment covering the course student performance standards for the entire term (a term is a semester in all high schools).
- Students shall take the final examination as set forth in "C" below as an academic performance requirement for the completion of the courses for which such examinations are required. The student’s neglect of this responsibility shall result in a failing grade for the exam in that course.
- Final examinations shall be required in the following courses: art, music, social studies, science, language arts and reading, math, world languages, physical education, driver’s education, health education and vocational.
- All students shall take final examinations in those courses for which such examinations are required, as provided in "C" below. An Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam may be taken in lieu of a teacher developed final exam in those designated courses. In such case, the student must still attend his or her regular subject area classes for structured activities and/or projects until the end of the grading period.
- In the event a student is unable to take an examination at the given time because of a legitimate absence through illness or some other serious reason, the student shall be given an opportunity to make up the examination without penalty of any kind.
- In the event a student is under suspension during such an examination period, the principal shall provide for the student’s taking of the examinations either at the given time or through some special arrangement, at the discretion of the teacher and principal.
- Students who enter college at mid-year will be permitted to take their final examinations in accordance with "D" below, of this policy provided such students shall furnish to their respective principal (or designee) a copy of the receipted bill for college tuition.
- Final Exam Requirement
With the following enumerated exceptions, students who have a course grade of "A" or "B" in the 1st quarter and a provisional course grade of “A” or “B” in the 2nd quarter are not required to take the final in that course. Except for second semester seniors, this provision shall apply to no more than three courses each semester, regardless of the number of periods in a student’s schedule. The provisional 2nd quarter grade will be based on the grades earned for the first seven weeks of the 2nd quarter. The student must maintain the “A” or “B” grade through the remainder of the 2nd quarter.
- The student is enrolled in the same course during two (2) terms of the same school year. In such cases, the student is required to take at least one (1) final exam in that course.
- The student has been enrolled in a District public high school for less than the entire term. In such cases, the student is required to take all exams.
- The student has five (5) or more absences per semester in any class. If so, the student is required to take the final exam in all classes. Regardless of the number of minutes in a class period, an absence from the class is only counted as one (1) absence in the class for purposes of this policy. For purposes of this policy a student who is not present in class at least one half of the class period shall be counted absent. Preapproved absences for school sponsored activities, religious holidays, and college/post-secondary visitation shall not be counted in calculating the five (5) or more absences specified above. Absences for college/post-secondary visitation are limited to three (3) days per year for seniors and one (1) day per year for juniors.
- The final exam is a State-required End of Course exam.
Students not required to take a final exam may elect to take their final examinations to improve the final grades. A final grade shall not be reduced as a result of the examination grade, should the student elect this option.
If a school requires final exams for specific Advanced Placement courses, the school should clearly communicate this in their school's curriculum guide.
- Early Exams
If a secondary student withdraws or leaves school for the remainder of the year during the last ten (10) school days of the semester for a reason acceptable to the school principal, the student may be permitted to take early examinations.
- No early exams shall be administered prior to the last twelve (12) school days of each semester.
- Students shall pay a reasonable fee per examination as established by the Superintendent. The teacher who prepared the examination and the person (a certified instructional professional) who administers the examination will each be paid one-half (1/2) the fee per exam.
- Early examinations shall not be given during regular school hours. Early examinations may be administered after school hours and on weekends.
- In courses where the teacher chooses to give an oral/participation examination the exam shall be administered by that teacher.
The final grade in high school courses is a semester grade determined by giving a 75% weight to the average of the two (2) quarter grades and a 25% weight to the final examination.
- Calculating Final Grades
Seventy-five (75) percent of the final semester grade will come from an average of a student’s quarter grades and twenty-five (25) percent of the final semester grade will come from a student’s final exam grade. To obtain the semester grade, average the unweighted grade point values of the two (2) quarter grades (Q) then multiply this average by 75%. That value is added to the unweighted grade point value of the exam grade which is multiplied by 25%.
In courses for which final examinations are not prescribed or required, the final grade will be determined by averaging the unweighted grades of the two (2) quarters:
The resulting semester grade average is converted to a letter grade based on the scale below (see paragraph (c) regarding grades at the midpoint):
A = 3.5-4
B = 2.5-3.5
C = 1.5-2.5
D = .5-1.5
F = 0-.5
- Academic Grades vs. Evaluation of Conduct
In arriving at the academic grades of all students, teachers are expected to carefully distinguish between the academic grade and the students' conduct. All report cards will provide some form of evaluation concerning the students' conduct or deportment. In no case will the student receive an academic grade which is contingent upon his/her conduct, except as provided in the Code of Student Conduct.
- Grades at the Mid-point of Each Grade Level
At the mid-point of each grade level, (i.e., 3.5, 2.5, 1.5, .5) it will be the option of the teacher as to whether the higher or lower grade will be given. If the lower grade is given, the decision must be documented and approved by the principal (or designee).
- Teacher/Principal Discretion in Determining the Final Grade
If a high school student fails his/her final marking period and his/her final examination, the student may be given a failing semester grade, at the discretion of the teacher and principal, regardless of the grade point average. If a high school student fails all four (4) marking periods or two (2) marking periods and the final examination, the student may receive a failing semester grade in that course at the discretion of the teacher and principal, regardless of grade point average. If a failing grade is given, the decision must be documented and approved by the principal or designee.