- They scare kids/kids hate them
- If the time limit's relatively short (90 minutes for our term 2 exams), you can have trouble adequately assessing 7 months of content; the necessary "cherry picking" of material means that you might hit the holes in a kid's understanding, getting a skewed picture of what they know
- How do we fit the final in with the standards-based grading from the term? A bad day could crush a term worth of hard work, especially in a last-score-sticks model of SBG
Here's what I hope and plan for:
- Kids won't worry about what I'm going to pick. There's a freedom in knowing that you need to know everything, and that you'll get credit for everything that you know
- By being upfront on the tally sheet with the big content areas, their weights, and listing the specific areas covered, the kids don't really have a chance to forget to demonstrate something, and they can pick where they'd like to show off what skills
- The final will count as 20% of the term grade, and the standards scores will count as 80%. A bad day can't wipe out that hard work of the term - the 80% "sticks" and is immutable.