For these reasons and others, I am CANCELLING midterm exams for all students. Teachers will use midterms as a template to work with students summarizing and reviewing the first semester and the most important content. This will allow our teachers and students to concentrate on learning, which is the most important - setting these assessments aside for the 1st semester.
Teachers will provide feedback and support for planned projects and papers that could be a grade for the 3rd quarter. We will not ASSESS students for a grade Monday or Tuesday, prior to the 3rd quarter.
Again, while we know that midterms can be a valuable metric for measuring student growth at the midway point of the year, our decision to cancel midterms this year does not need to detract from the learning and feedback opportunities that midterms provide.