Midterm Assessments

We will be holding exams in December, so that students will receive feedback prior to the end of second quarter on January 24th. These exam blocks give teachers the opportunity to offer an extended assessment block with their students. Assessment blocks are scheduled for all segmented full year core classes to all students in grades 7-12. On December 4th students will take Science and English/Language Arts assessments. The following week, on December 11th, students will take Social Studies and Math assessments. The assessment schedule is linked below.

  • 8:00-8:05 Morning Announcements (report to Exam Block #1)
  • 8:05-9:35 Exam Block #1 (12/4 Science; 12/11 Social Studies)
  • 9:38-10:48 Content Block
  • 10:51-11:14 HS Lunch/MS Advisory (class meetings on 12/4)
  • 11:17-11:42 MS Lunch/HS Advisory (class meetings on 12/4)
  • 11:45-1:15 Exam Block #2 (12/4 ELA; 12/11 Math)

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 postsecondary 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 who 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 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 Mrs. Harvey at 435-6701 x1103 or by email at dharvey@pittsfieldnhschools.org.