Fall 2019 end-of-semester final assessment plan survey: parents
We would appreciate your thoughts on your student's experience with the end of the fall semester and the plan for final assessments. We are also collecting detailed feedback from students, teachers, and advisors. This data will help us as we evolve our end-of-semester approach to best serve student learning.
Student grade (pick all that apply if you have more than one child at CA):
Boarding or day:
Please read below to review the details of this fall's end-of-semester plan.
End-of-semester assessments took place during class blocks, and take-home assignments were due during class blocks. Classes met through the end of the semester, with lessons and class experiences continuing even after final assessments had taken place. The class schedule was modified in the last week so that each block had two long blocks that week.
English, modern and classical languages, visual and performing arts, and computer science gave their last assessments during the penultimate week. Science, math, and history gave their last assessments during the final week of the semester. Teachers giving in-class final assessments chose between 75-minute assessments with extended time scheduled outside of the class block, and shorter assessments that accommodated extended time within the block.
Homework outside of work on/preparation for final assessments was limited to 20 minutes per class meeting.
Day students were required to be at school each day, but could come in late if they did not have class first block, and leave early if they did not have class last block. Boarding students could stay in the houses during first block if they did not have class, and could return to the houses during last block if they did not have class.
The library offered quiet workspace and the Ransome Room group work space throughout the last two weeks.
There were three sessions of office hours during the penultimate week in which teachers and students could meet in addition to the usual practice to meet during common free time.
What was your student's experience of the plan?
Please share the aspects of the plan that contributed positively to your student's learning, ability to be successful in their final assessments, or experience of the end of the semester.
Please share the aspects of the plan that detracted from your student's learning, ability to be successful in their final assessments, or experience of the end of the semester.
If your student attended CA last year, how did their experience with this fall's end-of-semester plan compare to their experience last year?
Goals of the plan
The goals of this fall’s end-of-semester plan were to:
Create a more balanced exam schedule for all students;
Maximize class and learning time for all students in the short fall semester; and
Create opportunities for students to process feedback from final assessment and/or reflect upon work from the semester.
Please let us know your thoughts on the goals of the plan and how you think the plan accomplished them.
Please share any additional feedback you have on this fall's end-of-semester plan.
Thank you for your feedback!
If you would like to share additional feedback in person, please contact interim Academic Dean Laura Twichell (
) or Assistant Head/Dean of Faculty Sarah Yeh (
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