Being a teacher of a career pathway’s course, it’s important that I am preparing students for a career in the particular field. I try to make connections with the content to the real world throughout the course. In the real world, you may not always get a second chance. So, why should a student get to retake an exam? If they didn’t prepare for an interview, and performed poorly, chances are they aren’t going to get the job. No second chance interview.
I’m sure we have all come across a student who is just struggles with taking exams. Test can bring upon added anxiety for students inhibiting their chances to perform at their best ability. High school students have a lot of pressure on them to get good grades. They need to make the grade for acceptance into college, maintain an honor roll status or maintain eligibility for sports teams.
So, a student does all of their homework and has studied hard, and they think they have material nailed down. They participated and did really well in the classroom reviews. But then the day of the test comes. The results show just the opposite. The student has just failed the test. Should you offer a chance to retake the test or make corrections?
Our school’s athletic motto is “ We don’t lose, we learn.” Performing poorly on a test could provide a valuable learning experience. I like the idea posted on meachteach’s blog, where she gives students an alternative assessment to complete, not just redo the test. For her math students, she has them create step-by-step tutorial videos of the problems. It gives the student an opportunity to share their true understanding of the topics, without the added pressure of the exam. It can also provide a real life experience that second chances exist, if students are willing to put the effort into making it better.