GET WESTLAKE GIRLS ENTRANCE EXAMS BACK

GET WESTLAKE GIRLS ENTRANCE EXAMS BACK

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Mia Wisniewski started this petition to Westlake Girls Board of Trustees and

Westlake Girls High School has cancelled our practice exams and is replacing them with 1-hour topic tests (derived grade tests). These tests are randomly dispersed throughout the year at inconvenient times; they clash with internals. Many students have agreed that they prefer studying for exams in the usual practice exam format - for two weeks only with study leave. This allows for an opportunity to place importance on the exams and study hard for that period of time; it also allows us to prepare better for the external exams as the papers for one subject are done in the same exam, the same as in the externals. It is arguable that the derived grade tests will result in worse marks, as they are one-off and generally students take them less seriously, as many do with the similar formatted 'topic tests' (tests at the end of a subject which don't count towards NCEA credits). We've been told the point in this new derived grade exam situation is to allow for extra teaching time, which we understand has good intent, but will not benefit the majority of students, as studying for exams has always been on our own accord.

Where was the student input in this decision?

Sign this petition for Westlake Girls High School to create a survey to ask students what they would prefer: the new practice derived grade tests, or the traditional practice exam setup. 

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