Midterm Assessments

We are making an adjustment to when we do midterm exams. We will be holding exams in December, so that students will receive feedback prior to the end of second quarter on January 26th. These exam blocks give teachers the opportunity to offer an extended assessment block with their students. Assessment blocks are scheduled for all year long, core classes to all students in grades 7-12. On December 6th students will take STEM exams (Mathematics and Science). The following week, students will take humanities exams on December 13th (English Language Arts and Social Studies). The full assessment schedule is linked here.

Feedback from past graduates and families indicated that students needed more experience preparing for high stakes exams which support the retention of learning. The midterm assessment block, will hopefully provide the experience our students need to be successful in post-secondary education. Teachers will support students to learn how to plan to take these extended time assessments. By doing these blocks in December, students will be able to continue working towards competency in the month of January.

Students are expected to arrive promptly for the assessment blocks. Students who are absent from school will be required to produce a doctor’s note and receive administrative approval to take the assessment on an alternate date. This practice helps to ensure that students take the assessment seriously, prepare for it in advance, and attend school on assessment dates. Students that do not submit a doctor’s note or provide documentation of any extenuating circumstances will receive a zero for each competency that the exam assessed.

If high school students do not have an exam during the afternoon assessment block, they may bring in a dismissal note into the office by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the assessment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Danielle Harvey at 435-6701 x1103 or by email at dharvey@pittsfieldnhschools.org.