The finals schedule is not working.
In previous years, a finals day consisted of an extended morning study session, final 1, 20-minute classes for upcoming finals, and then final two to finish the school day. Recently, the administration has chosen to use our late arrival days for ISTEP instead of finals. This is understandable due to the fact that not every student needs to take ISTEP. The good news is that the school does not need to operate on a delay for ISTEP this spring. The opportunity to return to the previous final schedule could be in play.
Students perform better when well-rested. Students also perform better when given ample time to study a full year’s worth of content. Both of these can be solved with the morning study session. A 25-minute cram session does nothing but stress students out. When 20 students all ask questions at once, it can be impossible to answer each question, leaving students helpless. While it is understood that students are responsible for their own learning and should not wait until the final minute to ask questions, it is ludicrous to believe that the current schedule will persuade students not to do so. If the administration is as concerned with grades as it seems they are, they will give students this extended opportunity in the mornings instead of sprinkling the day with 25-minute study sessions.
With this current study session schedule comes 50-minute classes for each period that is not taking its final that day. This may be seen as a way students can study through the week. Unfortunately, it is not put into practice this way. The vast majority of teachers will tell students they need to be productive and focus on grading the finals they have had turned in so far. The 50-minute classes are excessive due to the fact that teachers are not giving students new material; it is simply free time.
Please revert back to the previous finals schedule. The administration would gain the favor of students, and it is very possible that grades will improve due to the structured study session offered during the 2-hour morning period.