ARHS to take part in exam exemption pilot

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TRURO - Amherst Regional High School is one of four schools to participate in an exam exemption pilot.
"Some school advisory councils were expressing interest as an incentive to increase attendance," said Vivian Farrell, chairperson of the education services committee, as to the reasoning for the one-year pilot program.
The initiative is an attempt to address poor attendance in schools by giving an incentive to be exempt from one exam per semester based on a set of criteria surrounding attendance.
Baseline attendance data from the last school year will be used to compare results from this year.
Criteria for a student to be exempt from an exam includes all absences must be excused, a student can't accumulate more than six excused absences in any course within a semester, eight excused absences in any course over a year or three excused absences in any half-credit. Students with an out-of-school suspension will not be eligible in that semester.
In addition, students can't request exemption from a Grade 11 exam for which there is a Grade 12 Nova Scotia exam.
Classes missed because of co-curricular and extracurricular activities will not be classified as absences.
Provincial exams and specialized Chignecto Central Regional School Board exams are not included in the pilot.
Hants East Rural High School in Milford, Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro and North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow are also taking part.

Organizations: Chignecto Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: Hants East, Milford, New Glasgow

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  • Sue
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Digby used to do this years ago. It had a small affect on attendance but showed no noticable improvement in results. This will motivate the 'at-risk' students to do better in school. It may motivate them to be there and not on the streets but the lack of motivation is a bigger problem than can be solvd by being expenpted from an exam in high school.