Final Exams – Do they support learning?

Exams have evolved over recent years.  It wasn’t long ago that every academic grade 12 subject was concluded with  BC government-issued exam.   Teachers were clear about the “pressure to teach to the exam”.  Students were stressed by having to study for an exam that was heavily content based.  Little was revealed about deep student learning or their ability to create meaning.

But some teachers continue the tradition of final exams because that’s what’s always been done.  Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools in West Van, outlines this well in his blog entry (well worth cruising through his whole blog, by the way).

It’s time to assess assessment!  Final exams are one very narrow way to assess student learning.

Author: Judy

Educator, learner, thinker, innovator. With 30 years of teaching under my belt - 16 of those as a school based administrator who taught in the classroom every day - I am on a new venture as Principal of Special Projects. I'm no longer at "a" school - I'm at all of our schools. I no longer have a staff or students of my own. Instead, I think deeply about learning for all in our district. Students, teachers, support staff, me. This blog is my commitment to reading, thinking and learning about education and sharing it with all of the amazing educators out there.

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