Loudoun County, VA (June 11, 2015) – During the 2014-15 school year, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) studied the value of offering mid-term and final exams.
Stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, principals and administrators were surveyed on this subject. (The survey was administered to 2,098 middle and high school teachers; 29 middle and high school principals; 750 parents; and 750 students.) Survey results were discussed by the Superintendent’s Cabinet, the School Board’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee and presented to the Board.
After reviewing the extensive feedback, Loudoun County Public Schools modified its midterm and final exam practices as follows:
- LCPS will no longer require midterm or final exams. LCPS will allow teachers to administer summative assessments, typically at the end of a unit, course, semester, program or school year. This will allow teachers to evaluate student learning, skill attainment and achievement at the conclusion of a defined instructional period.
- School administrators and teachers will continue the practice of ensuring assessments are not weighted so heavily that students cannot recover from the impact of one low assessment grade.
- The high schools’ designated exam week calendar will no longer be in place. To increase instructional time, the eight days of early release for high school students at the end of semesters (four at the end of first semester for exams and four at the end of second semester for exams) will now be regular days.
- School administrators and teachers will continue to coordinate the scheduling of formative and summative assessments to ensure students are not required to take numerous assessments on any one day.