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ACADEMIC EXAMINATIONS by hcj

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									ACADEMIC EXAMINATIONS                                                       Policy Code: 3403


To create a high degree of student accountability, to help prepare students for post-graduate
education, and to promote the integrity of the high school course of study, teachers will
administer formal academic examinations to all students in grades 9-12 at the end of each
semester.

To promote exemplary attendance, conduct, and punctuality, students may be exempt from
taking exams in certain courses. No student may be exempt from taking final exams in
courses requiring North Carolina End-of-Course tests or North Carolina VoCATS tests.

       1. Mid-term examinations given at the end of first semester in a year-long course will be
          locally designed criterion-referenced tests based on the North Carolina Standard
          Course of Study.

       2. Final examinations given in semester courses and second semester examinations
          given in year-long courses will be the state-required End-of-Course Tests or
          VOCATS Tests in all courses for which those tests are required. All other final
          examinations will be locally designed criterion-referenced tests based on the North
          Carolina Standard Course of Study.

       3. Examinations will count as 25% of the semester grade or as otherwise specified by
          the State Board of Education.

       4. Students who decline to take a state-required End-of Course Test will receive no
          credit for the course and may not repeat the course for credit during any summer
          session. Students who decline to take a locally designed final examination in a course
          and who receive a failing final grade may not repeat the course for credit during any
          summer session.

       5. Students in grades 9-12 may be exempt from the final exam in a course, provided one
          of the following criteria is met:

              a)     The student maintains an “A” average and accumulates no more than 4
                     excused absences per semester;

              b)     The student maintains a “B” average and accumulates no more than 3
                     excused absences per semester;

              c)     The student maintains a “C” average an accumulates no more than 2
                     excused absences per semester;

              d) The student maintains a “D” average and accumulates no more than 1 excused
                 absence per semester.



STOKES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY MANUAL                                      Page 1 of 2
      6. Students whose behavior results in Out of School Suspension will automatically lose
         exam exemption privileges for the semester in which the suspension occurs.

      7. Students who are assigned to In-School Suspension more than once during a school
         semester will lose exam exemption privileges for the semester in which the
         suspension occurs.

      8. Students who accumulate four tardies in one class during a semester will lose exam
         exemption privileges for that class.

      9. Students are encouraged to take all exams, regardless of their exam exemption status.
         Students who meet exam exemption criteria may choose to take the exam in that
         course. If a student chooses to take the exam, the exam grade will be counted as 25%
         of the semester grade only if it improves the student’s grade. A student’s grade cannot
         be lowered because he/she chooses to take an exam.

      10. Teachers of courses from which students can be exempt must notify students of their
          exam exemption status five days before the first day of final exams.


Strategic Priorities: High Student Achievement (policy 1100)

Legal References:

Cross References:

Adopted: August 5, 1986

Revised: March 17, 1997; October 18,1999; December 6, 1999; April 17, 2000; July 27, 2005




STOKES COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY MANUAL                                      Page 2 of 2

								
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