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Westside High School Semester Test Exemption Policy


Posted Date: 04/24/2019

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The semester test will be a comprehensive survey of the semester work and will be given at the

appointed time. The test will count 1/5 of the semester grade. Make-up tests missed because of

illness will be given the day the student returns to school as a general rule. Extenuating

circumstances will be submitted to the principal whose decision is final. Requests to take

semester tests other than at scheduled times will not be granted without administrative

approval.

The following policy was approved for spring semester testing only at the Westside High School:

● Exemptions will be based on grades, attendance and discipline record.

○ A student with an “A” average may have no more than three (3) absences for the semester

in their Blocks 1, 2, and 3 classes.

○ A student with an “A” average may have no more than five (5) absences for the semester for

their Blocks 4 and 5 classes.

○ A student with a “B” average may have no more than two (2) absences for the semester in

their Blocks 1, 2, and 3 classes.

○ A student with a “B” average may have no more than four (4) absences for the semester for

their Blocks 4 and 5 classes.

○ A student with a “C” average may have no more than one (1) absence for the semester in

their Blocks 1, 2, and 3 classes.

○ A student with a “C” average may have no more than three (3) absences for the semester

for their Blocks 4 and 5 classes.

● Students will be exempt from spring semester tests only.

○ At the discretion of the building principal, students will not be required to take the spring

semester exams if the approval of the administrator is met.

● Excused and unexcused absences on a class-by-class basis will count toward a student’s

total number of days absent for exemption.

● School functions such as athletic trips and field trips will not count towards the number of

days towards exemption.

● Official college visits that are documented with the attendance clerk will not count

towards the number of days towards exemption.

● Absences will be determined in each of the students’ individual classes.

● A student who has received the following discipline referrals during the spring semester will

still be allowed to be exempt from semester test.

● 3 days of after school detention

● 1 days of ISS

● A student who receives any number of days OSS or any placement at SUCCESS will not be

eligible for exemption from semester tests.

● A student who has a zero on any assignment in a class during the second semester will not

be exempt from the semester test in that class.

● Students who qualify for exemptions but choose to take semester tests in an attempt to raise

their semester grade, cannot have their grade lowered by the test.

● All teachers will participate in the exemption program.

● All semester tests will count one-fifth (1/5) of the grade.

● Students must return all school issued material in order to be exempt.

● Students who are not exempt must turn their books in before they are allowed to take their

semester exams.

● The Advanced Placement Program requires all AP students will take the AP exam in the

place of the second semester exam. (no exemption from AP tests will be allowed)(does not

count 1/5 of the grade).

● All Virtual Arkansas classes must take semester test (no exemptions allowed)

● 8th grade academic core classes, plus any course they receive high school credit for, must

give a semester exam. Rotation classes are not required to give a semester exam. 8th grade

students will be able to be exempt from the test if they meet the criteria.