Examining B.C. exams and attitudes around them

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This is an excerpt from Examining B.C. exams and attitudes around them:

This evening, Surrey Schools held a community talk about where graduation requirements are headed. Some talk about exams came up and students said they don’t like being graded based on tests and percentages. This story examines attitudes about exams:

Live-tweets from the meeting:

“I dream of an education system that gets rid of the % as a way to communicate learning. #bcgrad #sd36learn

             Tweeted by: Jonathan Vervaet

“SV: “throw away Provincial exams”. #bcgrad#sd36learn

             Tweeted by: Brad R. Bauman

“Excellent point! RT @bradrbauman: SV: “we award what we value. Do we only value academics? “. #bcgrad#sd36learn #bcedplan

             Tweeted by: Kailie Crosby

Some B.C. Ministry of Education Provincial Exam results 2011:

In English 12 (June), 23 per cent of students got an A on their school mark, while 14 per cent got an A on the exam, 26 per cent got a B on their school mark, while 36 per cent got a B on the exam.

In Math 12 (June), students’ school marks were almost consistent with exam marks.

In Geography 12 (January), 30 per cent of students got an A in school marks, while 22 per cent got an A on the exam. In June those scores were a bit closer.

In History 12 (January), 29 per cent got an A in school, while 16 per cent got an A on the exam. In June, students scored eight percentage points higher in the exam than in class.

This doesn’t necessarily represent an average, but maybe you see a pattern here. It does seem like students do better in class than they do in exams.

Is that difference because students are prepared for exams? Or do they not care and not study? Are exams a fair representation of student knowledge and understanding? What do you think?

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