School boards in Alberta voted to reduce the weight of diploma exams to 30%.
If you crack under pressure, you might appreciate the reasons why teachers in Alberta are trying to lift some weight off students when it comes to one of the most stressful times of the year, known as final exams.
Support has mounted for years to relieve some of the anxiety and stress that Grade 12 students face as they attempt to exit secondary school with their grades intact. Think of sleepless nights spent cramming, loss of appetite, and even panic attacks. This is commonplace for many students, especially in Alberta, as they try their best to be prepared for a single exercise that will turn out to be worth 50 percent of their final grade.
Now imagine your reaction if that 50 percent was reduced to 30 percent. Breathing a little easier, perhaps?
That’s why school boards in Alberta voted to reduce the weight of diploma exams, with 82 percent in favour of going from 50 percent of a student’s final grade to 30 percent.
Students are elated with the decision, which will ensure that a successful year of school work cannot be cancelled out by one bad test result.
President of the Alberta Teachers’ Association in Calgary, Frank Bruseker, says: “It will motivate the students to work harder and really get into their studies. That, in turn, should help them to improve their mark on the final exam.”
Now that the motion has passed, the Alberta School Board Association must call on the province to enact the change and bring relief to classrooms across the province.