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Final assessments for credit bearing classes

RCPS Families, 

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, we wanted to make sure you have up to date information about final assessments for credit bearing classes. Final assessment for seniors will be held May 9-14 and final assessments for all others will be held May 20-23. May 21-22 are early dismissal days for middle and high school students while May 23 is an early dismissal day for all students. Specific information about final assessments, exemptions, as well as the daily schedule are listed below. Classes without an exam will continue to meet during the exam schedule. All students will be expected to attend. Classes with an exam will have at least a portion of the exam given during the designated exam block. Students who do not need to take the exam should fill out the appropriate paperwork to be excused from the exam block. Once the senior exam window has closed, seniors in good standing do not need to attend school during the regular school day. 

Please reach out to your student’s teacher for specific information about exams in individual classes and to your student’s school for general questions about final assessments.


2023-2024 Final Assessment Procedures and Schedules

Final assessments are teacher-designed assessments (as designed by the teacher) given at the conclusion of the second semester in full-year, credit bearing courses. The final assessments may be a traditional test or a performance-based assessment but must be designed to be completed in class. The grade for the final assessment will be averaged as part of the fourth grading period and will carry a percentage weight of a major test within the grading period.

Dual Enrollment courses are courses in which students may simultaneously earn community college credits along with credit toward high school graduation. Dual enrollment students are required by the college to take final assessments for each semester in which college credit is earned. For the calculation of the grade assigned to the high school credit, final assessments given first semester are averaged into the second grading period and final assessments given second semester are averaged into the fourth grading period. For the calculation of the grade assigned for college credit, the policies of the community college are followed.

Exemption from final assessments

A.  Criteria for Exemption from Final Assessments


1.  Seniors enrolled in any full-year credit bearing class, with the exception of classes taken for dual enrollment credit, may be exempt if they meet the criteria listed in (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e) below. Students taking courses for dual enrollment credit must take all exams in conformance to the policies of the college and, therefore, are not eligible for exemption from final assessments.

AND

a. Must have an A or B average in course for the second semester at the time exemptions are declared.

b.  Students may not miss more than five days of school for the second semester for courses on the A/B day and seven days of school for the second semester for courses that meet daily. Exceptions include school-sponsored activities and nationally recognized religious holidays. Students must attend at least 50% of a class period in order to be counted present in a class for the purpose of exemption from final assessments.  

c. The student may not be absent more than 13 full days during the entire school year (includes A and B days combined and not counting days absent for exam exemptions) Students must miss 100% of the school day to be considered as absent for a full day.

d. The student must attend all review sessions held for a course. (Students are still responsible for all work and must maintain their A or B grade average through the review sessions)

e. If the student is enrolled in a subject with an industry certification, the student must have passed the corresponding industry certification.

 

The Executive Director of Secondary Instruction may grant an appeal for excessive absences based on:  prolonged illness, hospitalization, doctor visits/directed bed rest, severe injury, and bereavement.  All absences considered under the appeal process must be supported by medical or supporting documentation. 

Seniors with incompletes will not be eligible for exemption from final assessments.

2. Students in grades 9-12 who take the following course related assessments are exempt from the final assessment for that course:

a. Mandatory End-of-Course SOL test

b. End-of-Course credentialing or certification test

c. Advanced Placement examination 

The student must attend all review sessions held for a course.

 

B.  Procedures for Exemption

A list of proposed exempted students will be submitted to the principal by the classroom teacher prior to declaring any student exempt from the final examination. This list is subject to review by the principal prior to final approval and notification. Proper notification of each student’s parents shall be made to ensure the parent understands his/her student’s status during the final days of the second semester.

Exemption decisions upon teacher and principal concurrence are final.

Final Assessment Procedures

  • AP Testing window is between May 6-17. If an AP test conflicts with a school final assessment, the AP takes priority. The teacher will work with the students to schedule the final assessment at another time.
  • Student athletes who are exempt from an assessment or who have completed all necessary requirements will not be required to attend a half day in order to be eligible to practice or compete in competitions.
  • Students who are exempt from final assessments will receive exemption letters from the teacher(s). These letters must be returned to the teacher with a parent/guardian’s signature. No additional parent notes are required when a student has returned the exemption letter.
  • If a student is exempt from an assessment AND has permission to miss his/her study hall, the student may submit an absence request, signed by a parent/guardian, to the attendance secretary. The study hall teachers will give students the absence requests to have signed and returned.
  • Please note: No calls will be made into classrooms to release students during final assessments.

 

Schedule for classes WITH SENIORS:

Thursday 5/09/24

Friday  5/10/24

Monday  5/13/24

Tuesday  5/14/24

Block 5A Assessment

SOL Bell Schedule

Block 6B Assessment Regular Bell Schedule

Block 1A Assessment Regular Bell Schedule

Block 2B Assessment Regular Bell Schedule

 

 

 

 

Block 7A

Assessment

SOL Bell Schedule

Block 8B

Assessment

Regular Bell Schedule

Block 3A Assessment

Regular Bell Schedule

Block 4B Assessment

Regular Bell Schedule

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Schedule for classes WITH GRADE LEVELS 9-11:

Monday 5/20/24

Tuesday 5/21/24

Wednesday 5/22/24

Thursday 5/23/24

Block 2B Assessment Regular Bell Schedule

Block A1 Assessment 8:20-10:15AM

Block B6 Assessment 8:20-10:15AM

Block A5 Assessment 8:20-10:15AM

 

Break 10:15-10:35AM

Break 10:15-10:35AM

Break 10:15-10:35AM

Block 4B Assessment Regular Bell Schedule

Block A3 Assessment 10:40-12:25PM

Early Release – No Lunch Served

Block B8 Assessment 10:40-12:25PM

Early Release – No Lunch Served

Block A7 Assessment 10:40-12:25PM

Early Release – No Lunch Served

 

Classes without an exam will continue to meet during the exam schedule. All students will be expected to attend. Classes with an exam will have at least a portion of the exam given during the designated exam block. Students who do not need to take the exam should fill out the appropriate paperwork to be excused from the exam block. Once the senior exam window has closed, seniors in good standing do not need to attend school during the regular school day.