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Pasco School Board to set new rules for final exams



The Pasco County School Board will consider new, more clear and consistent regulations for local end of course tests during its Tuesday evening meeting.

If it approves proposed revisions to the student progression plan, the board would count all local final exams as 10 percent of a student's course grade. In the past, it remained school or teacher discretion how much the test would contribute to the grade.

State-mandated end-of-course exams in algebra, civics and other subjects count for 30 percent.

As part of its proposed rule, the board also would ban the use of grade "manipulation," or curving, on the finals. That way, a score would mean the same thing at every school in the county.

In a related proposal, the administration is recommending that the board include local quarterly check results in students' quarterly course grades. Unlike the other portions, the staff has not specified how to apply the checks.

Superintendent Kurt Browning has said previously that the checks could be considered anywhere from a homework mark to a test score, just so long as students take them seriously. The quarterly checks have been the subject of much criticism, including from some teachers, with questions over their reliability and developmental appropriateness.

The board meets at 6 p.m. 

[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2016 4:22pm]


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