MCPS Voices on Final Exams and Assessment Strategy
In response to school and community interest in reducing testing and increasing instructional time, MCPS is revising its assessment strategy. This new assessment strategy has been endorsed by the Montgomery County Board of Education and includes a plan to eliminate all two-hour semester final exams in high school courses beginning in 2016–2017, restoring at least two weeks of instructional time throughout the school year. These exams would be replaced with centrally developed marking period assessments, which can be given during regular class periods.
Be sure to check out a new MCPS website with short, informational videos with comments from administrators, teachers and students on final exams, on topics such as what they think about assessments; the benefits of a new assessment strategy, and whether a new assessment strategy would prepare students for college.
Do Final Exams Accurately Reflect Student Knowledge? Principal & Teacher Comments
What are the Benefits of New Assessment Strategy?
You can watch other videos here.
In addition, there is still time to provide comments on the potential changes to Policy IKA and to the options for calculating semester grades. Any comments must be submitted by close of business on Monday, Oct. 19. More information is available here.