[KACT] Re: Students and Finals

  • From: David Kadavy <dkadavy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <kact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: 20 Dec 2005 09:33:09 -0600

For my chemistry class I give a 60 question mc test and a challenge question 
that is essay.  The challenge question is based on the content of the semester 
and incorporates a majority of the content into one question.  I give one day 
for review with a list of objectives to guide them.  The entire point of finals 
to me is to give them practice for college exams and to help them see the  
whole picture of chemistry from the first day of class and to see where they 
are going so that when they are finished, they see the purpose of the class.

David Kadavy
Belleville High School

On 12/20/2005 8:14 AM, Deborah Dilloway <DDilloway@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>For Chemistry 1 I give a 50 to 60 question mc test with 2 or 3 lab 
>stations.  For Honors Chemistry 1 I give a 100 question mc test. 
> I don't do in class review because it is a waste of time.  I list 
>4 or 5 times before/after school when students can come for a review 
>session.  I give out a study guide telling them what they can use 
>for the final (PT, calculator, 1 page hand written notes), and question 
>categories with number of questions.
>
>My final is weighted 10% because we have an exemption/waiver policy 
>so the top students aren't taking the final.  I'm giving an honors 
>final right now and 5 students are here.  Anyone with a 96% is automatically 
>exempt from the final.  If a student is absent 2 days or less they 
>get a waiver they can use in any class as long as they have an 86% 
>or higher.
>
>I always curve the final exam scores.  This is the only test I do 
>curve, but because of the above situation I feel it is necessary.
>
>Deborah Dilloway
>St Thomas Aquinas HS
>ddilloway@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>
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