With high school exams cancelled amid the pandemic, school boards are assigning essays and having teacher-student chats to replace the nearly one-third of final marks that final tests had covered.
In the past, final exams accounted for 30 per cent of a high schooler’s grade, and passing or failing the exam could make or break a student’s mark.
Last year the Education Ministry gave school boards the option to remove exam days from their calendars due to the circumstances around COVID-19, an option London-area school boards have embraced.
The replacement metricsinclude performances, essays and “other methods of evaluation suitable to the course content,” said ministry spokesperson Caitlin Clark.
“Teachers also have some discretion in determining the form of assessment that allows students to demonstrate the full range of their learning over time,” she said.
Mark Fisher, education director for the Thames Valley District school board, Southwestern Ontario’s largest, said he encourages teachers to use “a variety of assessment methods” to determine their student’s “knowledge of the curriculum.”