As you are likely aware, Parkland School Division has made the decision that we will not be administering Provincial Achievement Tests (PAT’s) to our grade 6 & 9 students this year. You can learn more about this decision on the PSD website.
With this in mind, the grade 7-9 teaching team and administration have been discussing what this means for our grade 7-9 students who would typically write Final Exams in June. After much consideration and conversation, we have decided that it would not be beneficial to our students at this time for us to be administering cumulative final exams at the end of June.
While there are benefits to students writing final exams (such as having the opportunity to learn how to prepare for and write a cumulative exam, in addition to these exams providing one more piece of assessment information for teachers to inform them of students’ progress on learning outcomes) we recognize that the benefits of writing these types of exams in this particular year are far outweighed by the unnecessary stress that they can cause for some students and families in an already highly stressful school year.
Teachers will still be delivering instruction and lessons throughout the month of June, and will be giving a unit exam/assessment for the specific unit(s) that they are concluding the school year with; however there will be no cumulative final exams, nor will there be final exam week and schedule.
While students will not be writing final exams in June, they will still be expected to come to school ready to participate in learning activities and to complete homework assignments as would be expected throughout the school year. Teachers may review important concepts that have been presented throughout the year in order to refresh students’ memories and to prepare them for the upcoming school year. In addition, students may be asked to complete diagnostic assessments similar to those at the beginning of the year such as the MiPi (Math Intervention Programming Instrument). Assessments such as these will not require students to study and will not be used as a grade for students’ report cards but rather to demonstrate student understanding of learning outcomes and to inform programming for the upcoming school year.
Should you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or a member of our administration at the school.
Thank you for all that you continue to do to support our students!
Grade 7-9 Staff and Administration