sanctioned ones, that is. I'm debating on allowing my non-honors students bring in a 3x5 index card to use as a cheat sheet on their next test. The test is very vocab heavy, with many terms that can be confused with others. I've never allowed a cheat sheet before so I'd love to hear some opinions. I am firm believer in that students do learn more than they'd expect while trying to cram info onto a small card. But I'm also a firm believer in that grades should indicate what a student KNOWS - not what he can copy onto a card from his notes. Pros: *students are sorta forced into going through their notes to determine what is most important and hardest to memorize *might be a way to get students that have given up to put some effort into preparing for a test *should help out students' grades *good CYA for me Cons: *am I really testing them on what they've learned? *logisitics - what about the kid that scribbles on two sides instead of one? The kid that left his at home? The kid that has really sloppy handwriting (I'm going to insist that students handwrite, no printing)? *potential cheating - having someone else make up a card for you (guess I could do a handwriting check) *why would I give them a crutch on my tests that they couldn't use on the state exam? *what to do about the kids that skip the day before the test (there will be about four out, I'm sure) and don't get notification about the index card? (I'm hesitant to send out an email to parents because many will do the index card for them - but I could announce the option two days before the test) *many students will rely too much on the card and not study enough on their own. Ideas????