|09-24-2013 09:44 AM|
|Liesje||I got all my tests back but none were standardized, every teacher wrote their own tests. I'm not sure if they wrote new ones each year or re-used them (both, I suspect) but we were always handed back our tests with the grade and the notes in the margins. We did take a few standardized tests (state tests, ACT, etc) but our school grades were not based on any standardized testing at the school level or higher. The grading scale was hard (98-100 is an A, below 90 and you're already in the B range) and there was no such thing as better than a perfect 4.0.|
|09-22-2013 11:27 AM|
|brembo||Kinda off topic a bit here BUT I talked to a friend today that is sending his oldest to the HS I attended. When I went there it was about 10k a year. His son, who is just a tickle over 4(pre-k) is going to cost him 27,000 a year when he hits kindergarten at the same school. TWENTY SEVEN thousand dollars and it's not even a boarding school and it's kindergarten. Yikes. Glad I like dogs.|
|09-21-2013 04:19 AM|
My HS was SMALL when I was there so there was only ONE AP class in any particular subject and you were either good enough to get in, or you weren't so we were allowed to take home tests. If there was a test you weren't allowed to take for some reason, you were allowed to copy the question you got wrong to look it over at home or with the book later on.
Now however, my kids (4th and 5th grade) aren't allowed to bring home tests!!!! They are in elementary! LOL! They can bring home answer sheets, but not the test itself. I do make sure, if they get a bad grade, to go in after school and look at the test myself. The teacher has never told me I couldn't take a picture of their test so I can work with them later.
In nursing school we weren't allowed to take our tests home or take our answering sheets. We weren't allowed to have papers out when going over a test. We COULD have the book out while going over it as a class so we could either mark the area for study (with folding down the page, no pens, cell phones or anything allowed out during review) or prove that we were right in an attempt to get extra points. Additionally- if you had to make up a test you were given a test that was way more difficult and would automatically get 10% taken off your score.
|09-21-2013 12:26 AM|
My daughter is in 11th grade. Some tests she is allowed to bring home at the end of the six week period, some she is not. This is dependent on the teacher and if they use the same tests or not each year.
We don't have more than one teacher for most subjects. One teacher may teach different levels of a subject, but I don't think there are any two teachers that teach the same thing in the school.
|09-21-2013 12:01 AM|
|brembo||The only tests that we were not allowed to take home were the AP tests. The company that makes and distributes those has a contract or something like that to keep the test booklets and whatnot from being copied. My graduating class was a whopping 32 people, Many classes were essentially one on one, but the AP tests and standardized stuff never left the classroom.|
|09-20-2013 11:34 PM|
Back when I was in high school we got to keep all our tests except for midterms and finals. It was a small, Catholic school of 350 or so from grades 9-12 and all the teachers were responsible for writing their own tests/quizzes so even if there were two Math classes, if they had different teachers, they had different tests. Of course, tests were not handed back until everyone had written them, so if someone was absent that day we had to wait for our grades until they wrote it.
Now that I am in college it is the same. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't keep quizzes. How would I know what I had to brush up on for the mid-term/final if I couldn't review my mistakes and go back and look them up?
|09-20-2013 08:07 PM|
I also graduated in Ontario, but after they did away with OAC, so we stopped at grade 12. I graduated in '06, but I remember almost always getting my tests back because the teachers were required to create a new one every year. University was a different story obviously, but in high school, we got them back.
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|09-20-2013 07:51 PM|
Remembering back to my own highschool days, now we used slate tablets and wrote in animal blood Didn't have fire drills, we had charging dinosaur drill - we hadn't invented fire yet And our cars didn't go very fast what with the square tires...
Anywho, our tests were held until the last class had written and then given back, but our system was different, we needed 28 credits to graduate with a Grade 12 if we only wanted college and an additional 6 OAC (grade 13) credits if you were University bound. After grade 11, you typically had all your compulsive credits and were focusing on post-secondary educational specific credits. It was like you had to have 5 English, 2 Math, one fine arts... One phys-ed and then you picked and chose, so those who wanted technical trade school, chose shop related courses and maths and English that corresponded with what they wanted to do. Those looking to enter BSC programs took the sciences, those entering GAS or BA programs, took classes for that. So my parents absolutely wanted in that circumstance to see my tests and final marks to see whether I needed after a Grade 11 Advanced English to take a business English course or a creative writing... As it was I took 8 English courses in the 4 years, although I graduated with a Grade 13, but did summer school, took no spares to cram 5 years into 4, plus I had special permission from the school board to write only a couple courses, which was write the finals only for 100% of my mark - I was one of those backwards, gifted nerdy kids until about Grade 11, then I was a cheerleading tramp LOL - who still finished an Ontario Scholar. But my parents stayed on top of my tests and assignments, because school was too easy for me, to make sure if there were an area I was lacking or sleeping with someone smarter so they would do my homework for me that they knew and could guide me.
|09-20-2013 06:23 PM|
I've had classes like that. My daughter doesn't currently but it's no big deal. Simply discuss it with the teacher, make note of what section the incorrect answer was on (figuring the area of a cylinder, for example) and go over that with the parent/tutor.
I really don't know any reason that you would need the actual test or question to review. Make an appointment to go over the exact problem with the teacher if there isn't time during class to figure out where the mistake was made. All the high school teachers I know have planing periods or before/after school to go over things like this and meet with students.
|09-20-2013 05:53 PM|
I don't have a high school kid... but I was one two years ago!!
I think we had about 3,000 students total, and most of the AP (advanced placement) teachers did not allow you to take tests home. You could take the answer sheet with the filled in bubbles and your test score home, but the test itself could not leave the classroom. They typically gave you a day in class to go over the test and discuss any issues or questions with the teacher or the other students. I agree that it's not ideal for the students if they're trying to learn.
A lot of the teachers will reuse tests over the years, so it'd be too easy for students to get a copy from an older sibling or a friend who had already taken the class before. Even if they aren't reusing old tests (though most of them are), we usually had up to 3 or 4 classes for each subject. Additionally, a lot of the teachers actually reused problems from their tests in the midterm or final.
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