why do students have to take final exams? I think that students shouldn't have to take final exams if they did all their work in class, passed most of the test and did what they had to do they shouldn't have to. But the other kids they should be punished by taking the midterm, mainly because they didnt't do what they were suppose to do, and every bad choice you make, isn't there always a consequence?

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Students who have earned an "A" in a course have already proved they mastered a subject. I would like to see an exit paper or project for students who have mastered a subject instead of an exam. If one has mastered a subject, an objective exam only measures recall and if a...

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Students who have earned an "A" in a course have already proved they mastered a subject. I would like to see an exit paper or project for students who have mastered a subject instead of an exam. If one has mastered a subject, an objective exam only measures recall and if a question is worded well maybe analysis.

An exit essay or some type of project which calls for synthesis or evaluation would serve students who have mastered a course better. This type of assessment would challenge students.

 

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I do not think that midterms or finals are a way to punish students. Students are expected to study and get good grades. If they do this then midterms and finals should not be that hard. The purpose of midterms and finals is to see if the student has prepared themselves throughout the entire year. So if a student has done what they were supposed to, finals should not be incredibly difficult.

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Final tests are important, because they show what students have learned. In my class students know they have a final test. They prepare by studying the material. It gives them a reason to study the material again. The more they review the key terms the more likely they will remember it forever.

Final exams also give students a reason to do daily work. By doing daily work they are practicing the skills they need to learn. Final exams show the skills students have gained through the class. It's also a great way to assess where students may be struggling (comprehension, vocabulary, etc.)

 

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Exams are a way of examining the total content over a longer period of time. It may be a high pressure form of analysis, but it is a fair assessment of retentive knowledge. It's also a way to prepare for the pressures that occur in the workplace.

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Giving exams also provides a final review of the most important material covered in a class. Students who prepare for their finals benefit from reviewing on their own or in class; students who don't prepare still meet the material again simply by taking the test. Working through a test is in itself a learning experience.

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As a teacher, my opinion is that examinations, whether midterm or final, should not be used as punishments for students. Both types of examinations are supposed to be comprehensive assessments of knowledge and skills gained through that point of the semester. Many high school teachers and college professors offer exemption from a final exam as a reward for students who accumulate enough points to reach an “A” by the end of the semester. For students who have not done this, the final exam is an opportunity to boost one’s grade by demonstrating knowledge and skill at a level that has not been previously demonstrated by completion of assignments.  

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