But with no more CST Testing, when will the Senior Exit Projects be held?
During the CST schedule, the first half of the school day was dedicated to testing and the second half was dedicated to senior presentations. Teachers without a second period class to monitor would sit on panels earlier in the day. However, the Senior Exit Projects this year all depend on what the new testing schedule will be.
Senior English teacher Mrs. Kahawai states, “It all depends on what the district plans to do with the testing schedule for this year.”
Depending on what they decide, senior exit projects might not even be three days anymore; it’s all up to the district.
There has also been word about adding people to the panel from the community. Since the senior exit projects could happen outside of the teachers’ paid schedule, the school could either pay the teachers for that day, or ask for the teachers to volunteer. This might not bring enough teachers to finish grading the senior exit projects as efficiently as during the CST.
Depending on what happens, Mrs. Kahawai does want to add community members even if they do have enough people to judge on the panels. She says, “It’s more real life to present to more people than just three teachers that you could already know. Adding people from the community would give the senior exit projects more of a feel for real life.”
Laura Vaugeois, senior, thinks differently. “It’s not fair, because what if those community members aren’t qualified to judge on the panel? Why should they have the power to decide if I get to graduate or not?”
Some seniors like the idea of adding community members onto the panel. Senior Kage Kistler says, “I like it because we get other people on the panel other than teachers. It creates for a more unbiased environment.”
“It is going to change for the students, but change is good.,” Mrs. Kahawai remarks. “Plus, English teachers are preparing the students for the senior exit projects. Students are going to have to be on their toes, more fresh and ready to adapt. They'll have to be flexible, and do their best.”
Final decisions for the senior exit projects have been confidentially discussed, and will not be disclosed until further notice.