Well, since entering K-12 education in the 2004/2005 school year, I have now written and administered my first “real” semester exams!
While I have always given exams at the conclusion of the semesters, I have never really given a genuine exam “experience”. There would be a test. That test usually consisted of 50 questions. 25 of the questions were True/False and 25 were Multiple Choice. The students were given a single sentence review guide of “Always Be True to Yourself”.
Now, with that as the review guide, I think you could safely guess that the answers were “B” and “True”. Your guess would be correct. Sadly, I did have students fail that test.
The test was not a “give-me grade” since there was usually a major end-of-year project that the majority of their semester grade was based upon. This final was created so we could simply check a box that said we gave a paper final.
This year, I opted to write and administer a genuine rigorous exam as I was not using any major end-of-year projects.
As you can see, this is a bit more rigorous of a test. In fact, all of the questions require a calculated answer.
As I have several students who have had no exposure to trigonometry, I have had to provide them with an Excel spreadsheet that has the formulas for solving maximum height and range problems. That spreadsheet is provided above.
Once the tests are completed, I will analyze student performance in another post.