Why the new finals schedule for 7th and 8th graders didn’t work

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As an eighth grader, I am currently done with finals and have very little reason to be at school. Nonetheless, I still am swamped with homework, projects and tests. I did well on finals and am happy about that, but I don’t enjoy all the work I have to do.

The whole point of this “new and improved” testing schedule is so that we middle schoolers can see how we did on our exams and “improve” for next year. While this is a good concept, it doesn’t justify spending two weeks at school without any incentive.

In all of the five classes, I took a final in, we spent less than 30 minutes going over our tests. Our teachers rushed through it, and we have little time to find out what went wrong and to figure out what to improve for next year.

In all of my classes, we weren’t allowed to take the test home and it seemed that the teachers were scared we would show next year’s students the exams. While this claim is valid, it doesn’t make sense to give us two extra weeks of school for 15 minutes with the test and not being able to take notes about what we got wrong.

I think that if the teachers are scared about this, they can take the time to updates next year’s test.

Last year, after finals, if I was interested in finding out how I did, I would have emailed my teachers. They told me what I got and that was that. I think if I really was interested in my test, I would set up a meeting and not add two extra weeks of school.

Whenever someone asks me if my school is over, I have to explain this weird concept, and they are just as confused as I am.

I think it is an awesome idea to help seventh and eighth graders get better at test taking, but I think having finals earlier isn’t the way to do it.

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