All Fort Worth ISD high school and middle school students taking high school classes will take a semester exam or complete a culminating activity in each class. Semester exams/culminating activities will be given at the end of each semester in December and May. Students who fail the semester exam cannot retake the exam.
A culminating activity can include a project, essay, performance, report, speech, etc.
*Middle school students taking world languages and all other middle school subjects may still be required to take a semester exam or complete a culminating activity. However, the grade the student receives on the semester exam or culminating activity will be used to calculate the 3rd six-week grade or 6th six-week grade, as appropriate.
The grade the student receives on the semester exam or the culminating activity will be used to calculate the final semester grade as follows:
FALL SEMESTER 1st Six-Week Grade 28.5% of Semester Grade
2nd Six-Week Grade 28.5% of Semester Grade
3rd Six-Week Grade 28.5% of Semester Grade
Fall Semester Exam 14.5% of Semester Grade
SPRING SEMESTER 4th Six-Week Grade 28.5% of Semester Grade
5th Six-Week Grade 28.5% of Semester Grade
6th Six-Week Grade 28.5% of Semester Grade
Spring Semester Exam 14.5% of Semester Grade
SEMESTER EXAM EXEMPTIONS
With parent permission, a senior student may choose to not take the semester exam during the spring semester if the student:
- Is a graduating senior
- Has an average of 85 or higher in the class for the spring semester (4th, 5th, and 6th six-week grades)
- Does not have more than 1 unexcused absence during the spring semester in the course the student is requesting the exam exemption
- Has not been suspended or assigned to an alternative program during the entire school year; and
- Submits a form, signed by the parent, requesting the exemption. A student can choose to take the semester exam, even if the student qualifies for the exemption.
Excused absences or absences for school-or District-sanctioned events, such as games, tournaments, competitions, or field trips will not be counted against a student.
Q: How will students know what option a teacher will choose and when will they be notified?
A: Teachers will communicate with students in advance of finals so that they can prepare.
Q: When will students find out their semester grade?
A: Students will learn their grade with the 3rd and 6th six-week report cards.
Q: How does grading work if students choose not to take the exam or culminating activity?
A: For senior students who are exempt from the final exam, their second semester grade will be the average of the 4th, 5th and 6th six-week grades.
P: ¿Cómo sabrán los estudiantes y sus padres cuál opción el maestro elegirá y cómo se les notificará?
R: Los maestros les comunicarán a los estudiantes por adelantado su decisión para que los estudiantes se puedan preparar.
P: ¿Cuándo sabrán los estudiantes y sus padres la calificación del semestre?
R: Los estudiantes encontrarán los resultados en la boleta de calificaciones del 3er y 6o periodo de seis semanas.
P: ¿Cómo se va a calificar al estudiante si este elige no presentar el examen del semestre o una actividad culminante?
R: Para los estudiantes de último año, que estén exentos del examen final, las calificaciones del segundo semestre serán el promedio del 4o, 5o y 6o periodo de seis semanas.