Houston BOE approves final exam revision

jmink@macon.comDecember 11, 2012 

PERRY -- The Houston County Board of Education unanimously approved Tuesday a revision to the district’s final exam policy, which will make end-of-course exams worth 20 percent of final grades for all high school students.

Currently, those exams are worth 15 percent of the overall grade for students who entered high school before July 1, 2011. For those who started high school after that date, the grade weight is 20 percent.

Beginning next semester, that rate will be 20 percent for all students, regardless of when they started high school. Not only will a consistent exam weight be fair to the students, but it will also make the grading process less complicated for teachers, Linda Horne, assistant superintendent for school operations, said Monday during a school board work session.

The end-of-course exams are mandated by the Georgia Department of Education in certain high school classes.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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