Evidence of Learning

Transition from High School Final Exams to Quarterly Measures

In fall 2015, the Board of Education revised Policy IKA, Grading and Reporting, which eliminated two-hour semester final exams and replaced them with quarterly district assessments in certain high school courses, beginning in 2016 – 2017. The change to Board of Education Policy came in response to strong interest from parents, students, and educators about reducing the testing burden on our students and increasing valuable instructional time in the classroom. As we continue to transition from semester exams to quarterly  district measures, we will ensure that the assessments are rigorous, aligned to new standards, and provide meaningful feedback to inform and improve instruction.

In 2017–2018, in alignment with the MCPS Evidence of Learning Framework, required quarterly assessments are being replaced by quarterly MCPS Progress Checks and Common Writing Tasks, with a focus on literacy and mathematics. More information on The MCPS Learning Journey can be found here

A comprehensive timeline of the Evidence of Learning measures can be found here:  



Read the May 10, 2016, message to parents from Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers about final exams and semester grade calculation
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Read the November 10, 2015, memorandum from Interim Superintendent Bowers about Replacement of Two Hour Semester Exams