Heritage recently released an updated schedule for midterms and finals. This new schedule requires that students take three exams per day instead of two.
Exams will each last an hour and will go from 8-11:30 a.m. For midterms, study guides will be posted Friday, Dec. 2 and review days will be Dec. 16 and 19.
For finals, study guides will be posted Friday, May 19 and review days will be June 2 and 5.
When creating the new schedule administration, was “looking to find more effective and efficient ways for the exams to be administered,” said vice principal Mr. Osmel Rodriguez.
According to Mr. Rodriguez, there have been discussions about changing the schedule, but this particular format was new.
When asked what the decision will mean for teachers he stated, “teachers will have to be more discerning as to what goes on the exam since the time allotted for the exam is down to an hour. It will lead to a bit more work initially, but on the back end, they will have fewer questions to grade, saving some time there.”
As for students, he feels that the challenges will be about the same. “Students will need to be engaged during the review days, manage their time wisely and make sure that they are preparing with a purpose,” he said.
“Because the tests are condensed, the amount of information that they have to study should also be condensed. This does not mean that the students have less to do. It means that they will have to have a deeper understanding of the topics that were covered in class and how to apply the skills attached to those topics.”
The new schedule will remain for a couple of years at minimum to test its effectiveness and if changes are needed.