If you find out that another teacher is giving a huge test the same day you are...?

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  1. orangetea

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    Do you move your test to another day?

    I tested my Geometry kids on Friday, and they complained that there was a bio test the same day. (Most of the kids in my Honors Geometry class are also in Honors Biology.) I considered moving the test to Monday, but I had planned an activity for before break, so I wanted to get the test out of the way.

    My school has a test postponement policy, which states that if a student has 2 or more tests, quizzes, papers, or projects due on the same day, they can move one of them. I just finished grading them, and the grades look alright, but not as good as usual. The median is around an 82, while it's usually an 85.
     
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    If they are in an honors class, I would expect that they could handle two tests on the same day (especially if they had advanced notice).

    But if you want, it might be nice if you try to talk with the honors biology teacher when planning tests (as so many students are in both classes).
     
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    What happens during finals? At my son's high school they have 3 finals one day & 2 the next. It's worked out that he's had 2 hard finals, or even 3 on one day & the rest were easy. He's had 2 honors classes in one tri before with both finals on the same day.
     
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    We have 8 periods in a day, and our finals are spread across 4 days. (Period 1 and Period 2 on Monday, Period 3 and 4 on Tuesday, etc.) English finals happen the Friday before to give English teachers more time to grade the essays. So most of our students will have 4 finals spread out over 4 days, but they can have 2 on the same day. But that's expected with finals, and most teachers allow students to move a final up if they want to.
     
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    Did they tell you about the bio test on Friday? Or did the students come to you early in the week?
     
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    They told me on Monday.
     
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    Nope.

    We have school-wide testing days. Math department can only give tests on Tuesdays or Fridays. Each department gets two days, and it is worked out so students can have at most 2 tests per day. Math department shares one test day with the world language department and one with the science department. Kids should be able to deal with 2 tests.
     
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    You definitely don't need to feel the need to move the test, they really should be able to handle it. But if you wanted, you could also have allowed them to come in on their own time to take the test early.
     
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    I would probably move mine.
     
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    No, I wouldn't move mine. Students should be able to handle two tests in one day.
     
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    This year I had an Honors Algebra II and an English College Prep test on the same day. Both tests are difficult and English is always lengthy. I do agree that if they are taking honors they should definitely be able to handle two tests. They should know how to prepare for tests because when the midterm and final comes around in my school it is what it is. The student must find a way to study even if they have your final and their biology final on the same day.
     
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    Pish tosh, two tests is nothing. What about when they're in college and they have four finals on the same day because that's how they scheduled their classes?
     
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    If it's your school policy then by all means follow it, but if they've only had two tests, I believe students at that age should be able to handle the stress of taking two tests on the same day. In some ways it's better than staggering the tests in my opinion, because you can evenly split the time between the two tests. When they're staggered, students tend to study only for the earliest test and cram for the second.
     
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    I wouldn't mind moving my test if I had some advance notice. Yes, the kids should be able to handle two tests in one day, but as the professional adult in the room, I should also be willing and able to adjust my schedule if it helps the kids.
     
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    Two seems doable.
     
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    I teach elementary, so this is not a problem for me. However, I do remember my high school teachers having a "test calendar" in the facutly lounge. They had to record major test and projects (not quizzes or smaller things) so that they things would not get overloaded. Of course, this did not mean that things never overlapped. It was more of a way to avoid 3 major projects at once or 5 tests on the same day.
     
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    We had that at one school where I worked. Of course, there were only 10 teachers and zero electives. The kids still crammed the night before or "forgot" their assignments. It did not make any difference in grades after we went to that policy.
     
  19. orangetea

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    My school has quite a few electives and about 15 teachers per department, so that wouldn't work.
     
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    I teach 5th grade and I have scheduled 2 tests in the same day. They know it ahead of time, and they are told to prepare for it. I have found that those who usually do well on tests still do well, and those who usually don't...well you know.
     
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    We don't schedule our tests around each other's schedules - kids should be able to handle two tests in one day (which is what happens during semester exam week, anyway). We do try to make sure that they don't have two major projects due on the same day.
     

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