Yesterday was the final exam for my 7th graders... not exactly their finest moment!!! The grades ranged from horrendous to 99. The medians by class ranged from high 70's to low 80's-- but that's waaay lower than the grades they had this time last week. Their mistakes were incredibly careless-- they mis-added when balancing a checkbook; they forgot scientific notation, and they didn't memorize the formulas for Volume and Surface Area. This grade counts as half their grade for the year, so the averages are going to take a hit. Only 2 kids ended up failing for the year (out of 177) and those 2 have been failing all year. But the test was NOT all I had hoped it would be. I think the problem was the timing: they have been doing well in math all year, but really strugglng in Latin. Today was the Latin test. I'm guessing they didn't study math because they were busy studying Latin. Ah, well, "them's the breaks!!!!"