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1. What subject do you primarily teach?
2. What is your current practice of returning term work (70%)?
3. What is the primary reason for your current practice of returning term work (70%)?
4. What is your current practice for returning the final 30% evaluations?
5. What is the primary reason for your current practice of returning the final 30% evaluations?
6. Optional: Please share your reasons for your current practices of the return of student work (Term and/or Final).
7. How long does it take you to create a new exam? (Please factor in the amount of time it takes to create an answer key.)
8. Is there a perceived or explicit expectation that you create a unique exam for each day in the exam period?
9. How much longer (if any) would providing descriptive feedback on exams take you?
10. If you were required to provide additional “descriptive feedback” as per the new HDSB administrative procedure, would you be able to finish marking your exams during the work day (i.e. school hours)?
11. Do you foresee any problems that could result from returning components of the final 30% evaluation? Please comment.
12. Do you foresee any benefits that could result from returning components of the final 30% evaluation? Please comment.
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3/9/2017 13:15:05BusinessI return everything.School Practice
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
6-10 hoursYes15-20 min / studentNo
Yes it is hard to make quality evaluations of you require us to make new ones every year and require more feedback.
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3/9/2017 13:15:44EnglishI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the work the student creatured but not the questions or instructions.
My own professional judgement
I believe that the student has the right to keep their own work
3-5 hoursNo15-20 min / studentNoNo.
Students can look at their work and take time to understand the errors they made. The 30 minutes they have on exam review day isn't enough time for them to reflect.
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3/9/2017 13:16:42
Canadian and World Studies
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
Department Practicekeep bothDepartment Practice10+ hoursNo20+min / studentNo
problem of always creating a new and fair evaluation each semester.
none
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3/9/2017 13:16:43MathI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I review with atidents but keep exams ans summatives
School Practice
Exams and summatives take a long time to write and perfect. By returning them, we can't ever reuse them. Students don't care beyond the mark.
10+ hoursNo10-15 min / studentNoSee my answer above
No kids don't care beyond their mark.
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3/9/2017 13:17:07Science
I return all student work but keep the questions.
My own professional judgement
Students view both but do not keep
Department Practice
Wide spread cheating as is. We can't return exams and have to make up new exams every semester.
10+ hoursYes10-15 min / studentNo
A major disruption to work life balance. Less time working with students and will be instead writing three exams from scratch. Students will pass exams/performance tasks to the next semester or to their siblings.
No.
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3/9/2017 13:17:27EnglishI return everything.Department Practice
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice3-5 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Yes. Eventually it would be difficult to create a unique exam that the public hasn't circulated and shared online.
I see the benefit to the performance task only, not the exam.
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3/9/2017 13:17:27MathI return everything.Department PracticeI do not return anythingSchool Practice6-10 hoursNo20+min / studentNoWork load issue
No. They would likely not look at the material
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3/9/2017 13:18:10ScienceI return everything.Department Practice
return perf task, return student work on exam, but not questions
Department Practice3-5 hoursNo15-20 min / studentYes
harder to make unique exams term after term
I don't mind giving back all student work with feedback
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3/9/2017 13:18:27BusinessI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
School Practice

Final - have no issues returning the exam. Would like to keep multiple choice questions as they can be difficult to re-invent each term.
6-10 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
Multiple choice questions would be problematic
More learning from final tasks. Students already see it all though, so minimal.
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3/9/2017 13:18:58
Social Sciences and Humanities
I return all student work but keep the questions.
My own professional judgement
Students get back their exam and performance task on exam return day, but cannot take them with them.
School Practice3-5 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 13:19:03Special EducationI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
I used it as a teaching tool, at times provide students with the opportunity to correct and learn for additional marks
6-10 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Lots of parental challenges and time to inform and resolve such issues
Teachable opportunities
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3/9/2017 13:19:13BusinessI return everything.School Practice
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
Term - throughout with timely
PT - return if asked - return rubric and eval
exam - return and correct on exam review day, I keep exams and answer sheets.
10+ hoursNo20+min / studentNo
Limited selection of course content questions and repetitiveness
not really as end results is mostly on students mind, and most students don't review the exam for their own learning and growth mindset.
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3/9/2017 13:19:16
Health and Physical Education
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
3-5 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 13:19:41FSLI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
School Practice10+ hoursYes20+min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 13:19:49ScienceI return everything.Department Practice
I keep both the final performance task and the final exam. Students see them on Exam Return Day but they do not keep them.
Department Practice
With questions floating from year to year, it becomes challenging to come up with new questions to evaluate student understanding. Students often memorize the answers to questions they already know we will ask.
6-10 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
Yes. Students will fail to prepare for their exams if they already know which questions we will ask. They can get such questions from friends in older grades or older siblings. This then becomes an ability for students to memorize instead of studying and learning the material.
No. I don't think students will care to learn from mistakes if they've already achieved their credit.
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3/9/2017 13:20:01
Health and Physical Education
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
I don't feel that they need the exams as they do not lead to any further evaluation
6-10 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
it is not necessary. They will not be learning from their mistakes for the next evaluation
none
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3/9/2017 13:20:15
Social Sciences and Humanities
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
3-5 hoursNo15-20 min / studentNo
Yes. There are only so many ways to ask a question. There is not enough time to create that many versions.
No. I return the performance tasks but the course is over. Why would they need the exam?
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3/9/2017 13:20:23Math
I return all student work but keep the questions.
My own professional judgement
neither
My own professional judgement
with adult education we use the same assessments each year and dont' want them available to new students. I have 16 preps and 118 students currently, so no free time to create new material.
3-5 hoursNo5-10 min / studentNo
How many unique questions can be developed to truly test a students comprehension of the material versus his aptitude for discovering answers on the interent/former students? Once they've written the exam, they rarely even come to look it over, they just want the final mark. In their minds, they're done "learning" and see be benefit to themselves to understand the material after the exam is over.
none
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3/9/2017 13:20:29ScienceI return everything.
My own professional judgement
Students review both but only rubrics leave the room with students
School Practice10+ hoursNo
I do anyway as students review exams
No
Ability to recreate authentic original questions without unfair advantage for the following set of students.
Only if the final 30% was delivered earlier in the school year (2 -3 weeks earlier) for students to 'use' it in classroom subject followup in the last 2 weeks of class. No idea how this would be put into practice and engage students
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3/9/2017 13:22:22BusinessI return everything.School PracticeReview without return School Practice10+ hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Students miss out on great activities.
No
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3/9/2017 13:22:22BusinessI return everything.School PracticeReview without return School Practice10+ hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Students miss out on great activities.
No
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3/9/2017 13:22:25ScienceI return everything.School Practice
Nothing. They see the mark, and then I collect it back.
School Practice
I am told what to do. I don't agree with it, and am frustrated by the lack of autonomy.
3-5 hoursNo5-10 min / studentNo
It will be extremely difficult to provide a unique evaluation every semester that is still an equivalent difficulty (or at least...perceived difficulty).
A few parents will feel better about it, but overall, it will be a disaster to my free time. Students will not spend any additional time reviewing their old exams, but their friends will stop doing review packages and start studying directly from old exams. What will this teach them?
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3/9/2017 13:22:46
Canadian and World Studies
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
I can provide students with meaningful feedback and the assignment cannot be copied from semester to semester.
3-5 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
1) Students won't study their notes they will study previous exams 2) Studying previous exams doesn't build capacity amongst our students
It will allow students to identify trends in their studying as compared to achievement. That said, I think this will only apply to a minority of students.
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3/9/2017 13:24:08ArtsI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return everyting.
My own professional judgement
0-2 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
Students could refer to work done in connection to future skill building
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3/9/2017 13:24:26BusinessI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
Term - useful for learning/studying. Final Performance Task - mine are unique, so not relevant. Exam - Don't return because not needed for learning and not unique so workload issue (not unique to ease excess workload in final week or two of semester).
10+ hoursYes5-10 min / studentNo
Lots of problems unless current practices changed (and time given for changing practice). Many teachers will not make completely new exams, so their validity as a measurement tool will diminish as students will have access to more and more exams of a similar template.
Reduced need for exam review. Opportunity/need to collaborate across the board on exam banks. As validity falls, possibility of eliminating exams altogether.
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3/9/2017 13:25:26MathI return everything.
My own professional judgement
Students see the exam and Performance task but do not keep them
Department Practice
Coming up with new and consistent exams and Performance talks across as many as 11 sections for one course each semester is not practical or plausible and creates unfairness for students due to lack of consistency. Time (lack of) as well as student cheating are also major factors.
6-10 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Cheating, inconsistent or reused exams due to lack of teacher time or even care, inflation of marks, teacher burn out. In subjects like history (which I also teach) it is not nearly as big as a concern. For mathematics and science however the story is different
Maybe 10% of total student population taking what they learn from them in order to move forward.
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3/9/2017 13:25:26Science
I return all student work but keep the questions.
My own professional judgement
I return nothing
My own professional judgement
To maintain evaluation integrity as most evaluations need to have questions tested for validity prior to using. I would point to EQAO for this practice.
6-10 hoursYes10-15 min / studentNo
Yes....it is the only time that we know the students are showing what they actually learn. With a measly 15% final exam and a gimme 15% PT we have little to ensure the student's have actually earned their grade.
no
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3/9/2017 13:26:56Science
Return work but keep multiple choice questions
My own professional judgement
Don't Return evaluations
Department Practice
I don't feel like students would benefit from keeping their final evaluations and will create unnecessary work to replicate year to year.
3-5 hoursYes15-20 min / studentYes
Not a true preparation for an exam type scenario if past exams are circulating - this will not expose them to the pressure they will fave if they continue to university.
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3/9/2017 13:27:02
Canadian and World Studies
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
0-2 hoursNo5-10 min / studentNoNone!
Better learning.
Reflective opportunity for the students.
Growth mindset for teachers abc students.
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3/9/2017 13:27:16
Canadian and World Studies
I return everything.Department Practice
Students view both the exam and performance task on exam return day and then we collect both and keep them at the school
School Practice
I don't mind returning term work because I think students have the right to use these evaluations to help them study for their final 30.
6-10 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
I resent the idea of returning the final 30 though because this is opening the door to parents further mark-hunting once the semester is over. The current practice of having parents book an appoint to view the final 30 I believe is sound and fair. Additionally, students openly share test and assignment answers with each other both in person and online (they've set up websites for this!); exams are the final sacred ground where in theory students are coming into an evaluation that they have not seen before. Lastly, it takes HOURS to create a new exam from scratch. The expectations placed on us in our job seems to be increasing each year. I'm not sure where we're supposed to get the time to do all of this.
No. None.
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3/9/2017 13:31:52Science
I return all student work but keep the questions.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
3-5 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 13:31:52TechnologyI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
3-5 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
they'll sell them to kids next year
None
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3/9/2017 13:31:59
Social Sciences and Humanities
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
Feedback3-5 hoursNo15-20 min / studentNo
Work load. Giving back the final 30% is too late and the students don't care about the course or their achievement any longer.
Giving back the final performance task provides some feedback for students but it is quite late by then.
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3/9/2017 13:32:00BusinessI return everything.
My own professional judgement
Everything is kept.School Practice
Students need term work to learn from and prepare for summatives. We keep summatives and exams as proof of student work for future reference as needed.
3-5 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Work load is primary issue. I believe students have a right to their work and we are able to protect against cheating.
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3/9/2017 13:32:31BusinessI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
It's their work. They have the right to get it back.
6-10 hoursYes15-20 min / studentNoNo.
It's their work and it becomes part of their portfolio of work.
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3/9/2017 13:32:41English
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice6-10 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
yes, parents wanting to meet to discuss and more time and effort by teacher.
None- we take them up with students on exam return day-more than sufficient
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3/9/2017 13:32:41
Social Sciences and Humanities
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
continuity6-10 hoursYes15-20 min / studentNo
students sharing with other students
no
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3/9/2017 13:34:45
Canadian and World Studies
In some cases questions are kept and work handed back. In other cases everything is returned. In some cases the same skill is tested but there are a number of topics that can be used and these are rotated by semester.
Department PracticeI do not return eitherDepartment Practice
Students have a chance to see their work/mark and ask any questions within a couple of days surrounding that viewing time. This seems fair and sufficient. To return the FPT or exam creates difficulties in two ways: Students who take their final evaluations have the option of sharing the exam/FPT with others. This means that unless an entirely different exam/FPT is created every semester some students will have a distinct advantage of being able to study/prepare for specific content and questions. The time to create completely different exams/FPT is onerous. If this route is taken then there will need to be two extra PA days per semester (one for FPT and Exam) for teachers/departments to do this. In addition, you open up the opportunity for students/parents to relentlessly pursue marks and part marks well into the next semester for things that teachers have already made decisions about. My daughter is at McGill and they do not return anything. This is current practice at most Post secondary institutions and makes sense across the board.
6-10 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
Yes, as stated above in questions #6
No
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3/9/2017 13:36:03Business
I return all student work but keep the questions.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
Since students use Google for everything they have a copy if their work anyway. I keep questions fir both tests and exams because they are difficult to create new ones every year and I had an instance where a student was making money from selling his tests to subsequent students.
3-5 hoursNo
I already do on their answer sheets
Yes
Cheating and students simply studying previous tests rather than learning material.
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3/9/2017 13:36:16
Social Sciences and Humanities
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
Students can assess where they are lagging in their skills, and improve on their weak areas.
10+ hoursNo20+min / studentNo
The exam should never be given out, but just reviewed. Otherwise I would have to create a new exam for all my subjects, every semester.
To help students assess where they may lack in certain curriculum expectations and build upon them for further courses.
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3/9/2017 13:37:01ArtsI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return everyting.
My own professional judgement
I think it's important for student learning and for my own professional growth. However, I completely support someone's choice not to.
3-5 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
No. arts should be returned.
Yes! Helps arts reflective process and idea development.
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3/9/2017 13:37:03FSLI return everything.
My own professional judgement
summative and exam are stored for 2 years -- school practice
School Practice
Parents/guardians/school officials could have questions, therefore having the summative and exam carefully stored provides documentation
6-10 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Yes, a plethora! Teacher fatigue (in one semester last year I provided 5 different versions of a 1D exam to cover various periods and students given permission to write either in advance or deferred), question fatigue (you can only be so creative and variable when you need up to 10 or 12 different course exams per school per year over two semesters), rampant academic dishonesty within schools and inter-school (no matter how hard we try, we will not be able to stop cross-pollination of 30% ), job performance/professional judgment comparison of teachers and departments from school to school by administration and ILs (when 10 to 12 exams per year per course become public). Shall I go on?
The benefits from returning exams/summatives, i.e. students and parents can see the whys and wherefores of a particular performance task and learn from it to chart "next steps", can easily be maintained through conferencing with parents and students but still keeping work on file at the school. The current practice at my school would keep to a minimum the concerns raised in #11.
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3/9/2017 13:37:10FSLI return everything.Department Practice
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice0-2 hoursYes5-10 min / studentNo
Teachers will need to have a good 3-4 yr cycle of exams to use
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3/9/2017 13:37:45ArtsI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
3-5 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Mark disputes. Report changes. Not enough time to complete marking
Not paticularly
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3/9/2017 13:39:33MathI return everything.School Practice
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
School Practice
Want students to be able to learn from their mistakes.
3-5 hoursYes10-15 min / studentNo
Create way more work. The benefits of such practice (if any) are highly outweighed by the costs and work required to re-create the wheel each semester. Whatever benefits there are from returning final exams could be gained in alternative ways without such a cost in workload (i.e. students making appointments to go over their exam with teacher).
None really except in rare circumstances
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3/9/2017 13:40:51
Social Sciences and Humanities
I return all student work but keep the questions.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
I do not have time to create new copies of exams.
3-5 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
We provide the opportunity for students to come in and review exams on exam review day and students currently do not take advantage of that. I feel they would be less likely to come in and ask questions if they could simply take home their exam.

It takes a long time to create exams for subjects. I don't think there would be enough planning time to do so for up to 3 different classes a semester with exams.

Adding to teacher burn out.
No. We provide the opportunity for students to come in and review exams on exam review day and students currently do not take advantage of that. I feel they would be less likely to come in and ask questions if they could simply take home their exam.
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3/9/2017 13:41:09Science
I return all student work but keep the questions.
School Practice
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
School Practice6-10 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 13:42:48
Classical and International Languages
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice
It is challenging to find appropriate resources in the target language and it would be made more challenging to have to find new resources every single year.
3-5 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 13:42:52EnglishI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
Term work should be returned so students can learn from their mistakes. For the final 30%, students are demonstrating they either understand the concepts or they don't. Time for growth in the particular course is over at this point. Exams don't get returned so they can be reused in the future.
0-2 hoursYes15-20 min / studentNo
Returning performance tasks isn't a problem, because students are required to use their own creativity (it's also much harder to cheat when you have to present your work). Returning exams, however, opens up far more avenues for cheating and dishonesty. It also significantly increases the amount of work I have to do if I have to totally re-do an exam every year; the information that is tested in a course doesn't change that much, so making exams totally different is difficult.
No.
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3/9/2017 13:47:43MathI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I do not return eitherDepartment Practice
Unit tests are not as time consuming to create. Due to security reasons, handing back a performance task and final exam every semester would create in excess of 10 hours of work per course. This is not practical. Students do not gain anything from the return of the exam or PT. The return of unit tests is practical and students can study for the final 30% from these tests.
10+ hoursNo10-15 min / studentNoWORKLOADNo
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3/9/2017 13:48:07Science
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
Department PracticeI return nothingDepartment Practice
Making up new labs every semester would be far too time-consuming. We are already limited in the number of chemicals we can use. They are given feedback and know what was expected to be taken away from each task. That is more important than the marked lab itself. They are also prone to lose these items, which doesn't bode well for them since all their labs go in to one journal.
10+ hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Teacher workload issues, Inability to use professional judgement for final marks because back calculation of marks will occur
No
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3/9/2017 13:48:09
Canadian and World Studies
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
0-2 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 13:48:28MathI return everything.
My own professional judgement
Dont return either...allow to review and ask questions on exam review day
My own professional judgement
Term work: feedback and supports to prepare for final 30%
30%:..summative:.very unique investigative activities that take many weeks to produce...to produce activities equitable each semester would be impossible if we need to create new ones each semester
3-5 hoursNo20+min / studentNoSee #6
No...but reviewing on exam review day the overall concepts that were missed is helpful..this can be done with the exam not being returned.
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3/9/2017 13:48:45EnglishI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice3-5 hoursYes10-15 min / studentNo
lots of cheating opportunities for future students
lots of studying opportunities for future students
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3/9/2017 13:49:08Science
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
I do not want students passing the information from our exams/evaluations onto future classes. This could provide them with an advantage or potentially a disadvantage if we totally change evaluations and the are "studying" the wrong information.
6-10 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
Advantage for future classes.
They are generally done with the course after the exam is over and don't think about it again. So it may benefit the 2 who actually care about the course but not for the majority.
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3/9/2017 13:50:01MathI return everything.School Practice
do not return either perf.task or exam.
School Practice6-10 hoursYes5-10 min / studentNo
Some students will be looking for older exams of the same teacher in order to get an unfair advantage. I can see how this practice will encourage some type of cheating.
Not really. In general, students are interested to know only their exam mark. Most of the time, during exam review day they only look at their mark on the first page and are not interested at all to look through the exam.
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3/9/2017 13:50:19
Social Sciences and Humanities
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice
I return almost everything, but sometimes there are minor formative tasks that I have students submit, and I don't have time to provide feedback. In this case, we'll usually take it up as a class. I find that collecting work motivates students more than homework checks for some classes.
3-5 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
Yes - the need to create new exams every year (in order to avoid the potential for cheating) would be very onerous, and may in fact reduce the quality of the exam, as I would have to come up with different questions and prompts that may not be as relevant or thought-provoking as the original questions and prompts.
No - my expectation is that it is highly unlikely that any students will review the exam outside of the exam review period.
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3/9/2017 13:50:54EnglishI return everything.Department Practice
I "return" the work to them on Exam Return Day, but recollect it (all of it, PT and Exam) before they leave class
Department Practice3-5 hoursNo15-20 min / studentNo
New exam and new PT each semester, so that old ones aren't "recycled", would make a lot of additional work for the teachers (planning, creating, collaborating with colleagues). It could also open doors to students (and parents!) in semester 2 accusing their teachers of having created a "harder" PT and/or exam than was given in semester 1. We've always been told NOT to switch up the exam in semester two, in particular, for just that reason. "Consistency" has always been the key word around here.
Not really. If students wanted to review or reflect on their work again, they could always pop by my classroom 2 months...6 months...1 year....2 years later. I keep their work for about 2 years, and it's always available to them.
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3/9/2017 13:52:45TechnologyI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
10+ hoursYes20+min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 13:53:39ArtsI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return everything for the Arts. All other subjects I return the performance task, but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
3-5 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
The integrity of the exam could be compromised. It could also prevent teachers from re-using exam questions which would become quite time consuming.
Not really. That's why we have exam return.
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3/9/2017 13:53:59BusinessI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice
For term work, I believe it is important for students to reflect on their learning to determine next steps. The only item that I do not return is the examination. They are allowed to review their examination during exam review period and ask any questions they might have, but keeping their exam seems like something that is not helpful to them. Personally, I see students throw their tests out and as such, assume that the majority of students would keep an exam solely to share this with other students, making far more work for teachers to construct completely new exams every semester. Obviously, most teachers do change examination questions, but it is simply unnecessary to have to change every multiple choice question. Further to this, major concepts are major concepts - there is only so much changing that you can do.
6-10 hoursYes15-20 min / studentNo
Students give students taking the same course the exam. Students today already find a plethora of ways to limit their work/share their work with others so that they do not have to work as hard. This is just another way to enable them and limit their ability to function independently as students.
If a student is a high academic achiever, they may take their exam and review it thoroughly prior to taking the same type of course at a higher level. That being said, I was this student in high school and I definitely never had any desire to do this at any point. Had I had the examination, I would have absolutely shared it with my peers however.
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3/9/2017 13:56:07MathI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I keep both, but discuss solutions on exam return day
Department Practice
In math, performance tasks in particular are very time consuming to create, so we have a bank of a few that we use. If we were required to return them, we would not be able I create meaningful, high-level thinking performance tasks
6-10 hoursYes10-15 min / studentNoYes. See above.
No. Students may ask questions and ask to ensure their own learning. Very few take advantage after the final mark is calculated. They would only be collected by to pass on to other students.
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3/9/2017 13:56:24BusinessI return everything.
My own professional judgement
Depends on the course. But mostly I return only the FPT
Department Practice
It is time consuming to create an exam and you run out of questions to ask.
10+ hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
I would return answers to students, but I would keep questions.
not in my courses
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3/9/2017 13:56:45MathI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return nothingDepartment Practice
Students can learn from term work (70%); refine and consolidate their understanding and prepare for the final evaluations
10+ hoursNo15-20 min / studentNo
I think our "traditional" exams would have to be updated and a new innovative idea of testing that material would have to be implemented. I would eventually run out of ideas for questions. Possibly something open-ended...
Yes, I do. I think it would help create a culture where students hopefully care about how those skills on the final evaluation carry forward into the next course. Could make for an excellent learning tool when you start up the next course - your final exam could be your review for the next course.
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3/9/2017 13:58:35
Guidance and Career Education
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
0-2 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 13:59:09FSLI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice3-5 hoursNoI already do thatNoPlagiarism
No. We take it up in class and any questions are answered at that time.
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3/9/2017 13:59:26BusinessI return everything.
My own professional judgement
Return neither but they can review
My own professional judgement
They see their results and have little interest in keeping
3-5 hoursNo5-10 min / studentYes
Only so many ways you can ask a question
No little interest
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3/9/2017 13:59:40ArtsI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return everyting.
My own professional judgement
I give the work back to the students. Most of the time, final exams are variations that change based on the variations of the course taught that semester. If new students want to find old exams to work from then they are just practicing good study habits.
0-2 hoursNo5-10 min / studentNoNo.
Students will have more of their work at home. Students seeking to find old students work can benefit from finding old examples.
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3/9/2017 14:00:04
Canadian and World Studies
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
My reasoning is a reflection of what is sensible and not ideological.
3-5 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
Sharing of answers is the most obvious. A clear definition of what is and what isn't intellectual property needs to be provided.
None. There is no value as feedback is minimal (given time constraints). Many negatives which outweigh the dubious positives.
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3/9/2017 14:00:08MathI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
I teach 16 courses simultaneously and it would be impossible to create a new exam for each term.
3-5 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
Yes, students wishing to better their knowledge can do so on exam take up day and make notes. This allows teachers to reuse the same exam and it allows students time to get feedback and improve their knowledge. This also only applies to academic courses as well as very few applied and essential students are even interested enough to come for exam take up day. It puts a lot more work on teachers with already a big course load.
no.
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3/9/2017 14:00:57EnglishI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I don't return the performance task and exam
Department Practice
Students do not need to keep their final exams. They only care about the final mark; they do not review the exam looking for areas to improve for the next year. Marking exams is a long process especially for English teachers. Having to create brand new exams each year so that students can keep the previous year's exam is incredibly labour intensive for teachers who have three different exams to create and then mark.
6-10 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Teachers struggle to meet the evaluation timelines already. Adding even more work to create brand new exams each semester is placing unattainable expectations on teachers who are already under enough pressure at the end of each semester.
I do not see any benefit in returning the exams. Students only want to see their marks.
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3/9/2017 14:01:45MathI return everything.Department Practice
We allow students to look at their results on the PT and Exam, but do not return either.
Department Practice
Term work is returned so students can learn from their mistakes and use the materials to help them prepare for the final Performance Task and Exam. Students are allowed to review their Performance Task and Exam, but there is little merit in giving this to them to keep. The amount of work and effort that goes into writing a Performance Task and Exam outweighs the perceived benefits of handing them back.
10+ hoursYes15-20 min / studentNo
I would not be able to create new and unique exams and performance tasks each semester for all of my courses. As a conservative estimate, if it took me 10 hours to write each PT and Exam, that would be 60 hours of work per semester. My daily prep period is 76 minutes long (if I do not have an on-call). That would require 46.37 prep periods - or 6.77 weeks. That means that for almost 7 weeks straight, I would not be able to use my prep period to prepare lessons, contact parents, help students, mark tests/assignments/quizzes, collaborate with colleagues, or use the washroom. That does not seem reasonable to me. Reusing materials that have already been returned would compromise the integrity of the Performance Task and Exam.
No. On exam review day, very few students are interested in anything other than their final mark.
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3/9/2017 14:03:08Science
Return everything except multiple choice questions on Unit tests. Students have access to the questions during review time though.
Department Practice
The exam and performance task are handed back and taken up on exam review day, but collected back after the period.
Department Practice
Professional judgement. Maintains the integrity of evaluations from year to year. Growing success says we should prevent cheating.
10+ hoursNo15-20 min / studentNo
The integrity of the final 30% would be compromised. Students do not need the final 30% for any further learning. The course is finished. They would not be using it to prepare themselves better for the following year in any way. Due to the fact these are summatives, all the answers are already in their notes. Students have said they would only want them to pass them along to friends the next semester, as they do with their unit tests. Then some students would have an unfair advantage.
No
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3/9/2017 14:05:31
Classical and International Languages
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
School Practice0-2 hoursNo5-10 min / studentNo
It is difficult to find appropriate texts for the reading section of the exam.
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3/9/2017 14:06:01EnglishI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return everyting.
My own professional judgement
Tasks/exams are prepared in a way that it doesn't matter if students know the questions.
3-5 hoursYes15-20 min / studentNo
Not in English. In other subjects, yes.
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3/9/2017 14:06:26Technology
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
0-2 hoursNo15-20 min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 14:07:36BusinessI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I take up both FPT and Exam, but keep them.
My own professional judgement
All term work can be returned as it allows students to learn from mistakes and it is easy enough to create multiple variations of assignments/tests.

FPT and exam are not returned as it is far more difficult to create many variations and by the end of the semester students are not interested in having their work returned to them so that they can learn from mistakes - they just want their marks. In fact, many students are not even listening when the FPT and Exam are taken up.
3-5 hoursYes10-15 min / studentNo
Yes - as mentioned before, most students are not interested in learning from mistakes at the end of the semester. And even if they are wanting to learn from mistakes, this can be accomplished without them keeping the FPT or exam (i.e. by taking it up). But students will be interested in passing the exams onto friends which limits the questions teachers have to use in FPTs and exams and makes it much more difficult to create really good, comprehensive FPTs and exams. In addition, it now gives opportunity for students at different schools to compare exams/FPTs without factoring in differences in a teacher's teaching style and course structure.
No. If the whole point is to encourage student growth, as long as the FPT and exam are being taken up and reviewed with students, then students have the opportunity to learn from mistakes and grow.
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3/9/2017 14:07:41
Canadian and World Studies
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice0-2 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
It ends up being more work/time for the classroom teacher.
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3/9/2017 14:08:25MathI return everything.School Practicereturn nothingDepartment Practice6-10 hoursNo15-20 min / studentNo
adding to an already overwhelming work load for teachers
the students could learn from their mistakes, however the VAST majority of students simply look at their grades and then don't think about it anymore
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3/9/2017 14:08:36English
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice10+ hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Yes. Beyond the fact that it will add to teacher burn out, students don't use exams to improve footer the future. A lot of time goes into creating the perfect exam. If I need to rewrite it constantly the quality will go down, and will not benefit anyone. Students are welcomed to review the exam in class, ask questions, then return it. It forces them to take time to look at it
None
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3/9/2017 14:11:08BusinessI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return their answer booklet for the final performance task only
My own professional judgement
Original school practice, but these Performance Task and Exams took a lot of hours to develop. Many tests that I return (or any other teacher) returns end up being posted online and since social media is so prevalent in today's classroom, there are many students who feel pressured to cheat since they know these resources exist. I'd prefer this not happen to my exam(s).
10+ hoursNo20+min / studentNo
Yes. Anyone can see the problems resulting, all you need to do is look at the problems associated with returning tests. Cheating (or attempting to cheat) would skyrocket in my opinion. Students would be taking pictures right after the exam is returned and posting it online for their friends.
Potentially. In grade 9, 10, and 11 it could possibly help them in future courses in the following year. I don't see how it would help a grade 12 student graduating.
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3/9/2017 14:11:35ScienceI return everything.Department PracticeI return everyting.Department Practice
Students have the right to review their evaluated work.
3-5 hoursYesNoneYes
students could change answer and then claim they were marked wrong.
Evaluations will be updated to reflect current teaching practices, not just recycle same old questions year after year.
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3/9/2017 14:12:57Science
Return all work except multiple choice questions
Department PracticeI return neitherSchool Practice3-5 hoursNo20+min / studentYes
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3/9/2017 14:17:07
Canadian and World Studies
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
10+ hoursYes15-20 min / studentNo
Students could give/sell their exam so it could require the teacher to constantly make a new exam each reporting period. It could then compromise consistency across reporting periods as they may all not be equal from semester to semester
A student could reflect on their work
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3/9/2017 14:17:11EnglishI return everything.School Practice
Final 30 is given to students to VIEW on exam return day. They may not take exam/PT home
School Practice3-5 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
Requirement to provide comments detailed enough to justify earned grades in only a few days
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3/9/2017 14:21:25EnglishI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice6-10 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
Demand for more comments. Greater likelihood of student and/or parents challenging results. Greater necessity to revise exams for the following semester.
None
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3/9/2017 14:22:39MathI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return everyting.
My own professional judgement
3-5 hoursNo15-20 min / studentNoNo
As in University, the study material was previous exams with the answers. If we are teaching students to be prepared for University, then we should prepare them for University and allow them to use the previous exams to study from. Post them in the school library or even online.
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3/9/2017 14:25:54English
I return nearly everything but keep some questions or student work with permission
Department Practice
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
The exam is the final piece of a student's written work an example should be kept if questions regarding the student's ability arises.
3-5 hoursYes20+min / studentNo
The number of quality exam questions will be rduced over time
Student grades will increase as the quality of questions declines and the requirement to provide detailed feedback reduces the length of an English exam so it can be graded in time for the takeup.
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3/9/2017 14:27:05
Social Sciences and Humanities
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
Students come and see them, but aren't allowed to take them....electronically I make them viewers of the docs
School Practice0-2 hoursNoI already do this.....Yes
Of course not. It's no different from any other evaluation in the course.
This is probably a question better asked of our students...but perhaps some of them will be able to use the feedback for future courses....I also found the idea that, as a professional, I wouldn't be able to meet a deadline a bit insulting...of course I will..that's what professionals do!
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3/9/2017 14:27:55ArtsI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
School Practice3-5 hoursYes5-10 min / studentYes
If exams were returned, students would be able to keep them as a resource/overview of key concepts to use in the following year if they so choose. If exams are authentic, and testing large concepts, it shouldn't matter if they're the same from year to year, period to period as the student's own experiences and understanding would change how they answer the exam. Even if they know the answer ahead of time, I'd much rather the student be prepared so I'm marking what they know, vs seeing how well they write a test.
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3/9/2017 14:37:42Technology
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
My own professional judgement
I return everyting.
My own professional judgement
The integrity and consistency of tests and projects.
6-10 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
No, providing that they are given back during exam review. Students can see where they had problems, but they must return them by the end of the period.
Yes, it is a good learning tool for students to learn from their mistakes.
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3/9/2017 14:39:18Business
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
My own professional judgement
I return everyting.
My own professional judgement
3-5 hoursNo10-15 min / studentYes
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3/9/2017 14:40:27Special EducationI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
My own professional judgement
6-10 hoursNo20+min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 14:41:28FSLI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return all rubrics, cover pages and marks but keep exams and FPT
Department Practice
During the term students can use many quizzes, evaluations etc. to help in preparing for FPT or exams so it's useful for them to see their mistakes or their success in studying.
3-5 hoursNo15-20 min / studentNo
Students could then try to plagiarize/lend their work to other students in future years. We also try to maintain consistency between the two semesters so if first semester students get their exam/FPT back, they could give it to others in second semester. If we do completely different tasks/exams then there is less consistency between the same course offered two different semesters.
If it is a course they would continue with the subject area (ex, math grade 9 to 10) they could use the feedback/marks to help improve for the next year.
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3/9/2017 14:42:10Science
I return all student work but keep the questions.
Department Practice
I return the final performance task but not the exam.
Department Practice10+ hoursNo5-10 min / studentNo
Significant time and labour creating new exams
No
Students have the opportunity to discuss their evaluations on exam return day. In my experience, very few show up.
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3/9/2017 14:47:55
Guidance and Career Education
I return everything.
My own professional judgement
Students are allowed to see their work but not keep it.
School Practice3-5 hoursNo15-20 min / studentNo
Students keeping their components and sharing them with others. Having to create new final 30% evaluations for every class taught each semester.
Not really.
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3/9/2017 14:48:00Science
I return select pieces of work and keep others.
Department PracticeI return everyting.Department Practice3-5 hoursNo10-15 min / studentNo
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3/9/2017 14:50:00MathI return everything.
My own professional judgement
I return nothing.
My own professional judgement
Do not want my exam to be shared with future classes. This may give some students an advantage over others if they have it.
10+ hoursYes20+min / studentNo
Not enough time to make up new evaluations every semester especially in a small school where you are the only one teaching 3 different courses. Workload would be an issue.
None. Students have an opportunity to view it on exam return day. They do not need it in their possession for the next course. The review given is comprehensive enough to tell them what they need to know for the next course.
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3/9/2017 14:50:55MathI return everything.School Practicedont return eitherSchool Practice10+ hoursYes15-20 min / studentNoincreased cheating
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