District 218 Changes Up Senior Finals

Adam Sapit and Nick Wysocki

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This year at District 218, big changes are coming to how final exams work. Students who are seniors are now able to be exempt from a final if they score at least an 80% in a class and have a 90% attendance average for that semester. Along with senior finals, finals in general will be modified. Exam periods have now been shortened to be one hour long. There will also be one hour and forty-five minutes to review with teachers at the beginning of the day. These changes will affect all schools in the district.

Shepard’s principal, Gregory Walder, is nothing but supportive of the change. Walder said “I love it; I feel the students will be satisfied with this.” Walder believes that with doing this, students will be more motivated to show up to class and do well. Andrew Deines, Shepard’s assistant principal of curriculum, also believes that this change will also motivate students. He noted: “If the exemption motivates seniors to learn the material and improve upon or maintain good attendance, then it’s a win-win scenario.”

This proposal has been a long time coming. A student had originally proposed the changes three years ago to staff, but changes are only now being implemented. Originally, seniors could exempt from certain finals depending on their ACT score, but it was confusing on how it worked.

Most staff, students, and parents will be notified officially in October according to Walder. Parents will receive a letter and a phone call from District 218 explaining the changes to the finals.

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