Sunday, January 24, 2010
There is a major problem at Packemin HS when it comes to giving kids extended time on exams. Because we are so large, it is not easy to get the exams to the resource room teacher. A problem that has existed for years is that our weakest kids start an exam early in the day and have to wait until much later to finish it. Sometimes, things get messed up and they have to wait days to finish. This method does not foster success.
Another problem, a problem that has also existed for years is how to get the paper from the classroom to the resource room. Years ago, we used to put the paper in a sealed envelope and let the student transport the exam himself. This worked well until one student decided that instead of going to resource with the exam, he would go to his friend and have the friend do the exam for him. The kid got caught and should have been suspended but his very pretty mom came to school and sweet talked the horny old AP of security into giving him another chance. When the teacher complained, the AP security accused the teacher of causing the problem by handing the child the exam in the first place. Needless to say, students were no longer handed exams (at least this teacher stopped) and another method was put into place.
Packemin has grown since this incident and once again the problem of transporting exams resurfaced. Ms. I, who I believe also had a test stolen this way, has re-instituted the policy of letting students carry their own exams. Well, guess what? The policy still does not work.
A young man came into my class with his exam in a sealed envelope, teachers signature across the back, as it is supposed to be. He sat down in the back and did not hand me the paper as he is supposed to do. I was busy handing out papers to the rest of the class, trying to settle down my rowdy bunch, when I noticed his folded paper being passed to the boy in front of him. I took away both papers, called both parents and notified my AP.
I have no problem giving kids extended time when they are entitled to it. I even give extended time to kids who are not entitled to it but I have a problem with the way extended time is administered. I don't have the answer but I am not an AP earning $135,000 a year. Hopefully a good solution can be arrived at soon.