All students are required to take their fall semester exams. Exemptions from Final Exams are an honor earned by students who attend school regularly, follow the student code of conduct, master the required content and demonstrate required grades. This incentive has proven a powerful and effective tool encouraging high levels of student attendance that affect our Average Daily Attendance (ADA). Although exam exemptions excuse a student from taking the cumulative final exam, they were never intended to excuse students from attending the class. The state of Texas does not reimburse, waive, or honor campus exam exemptions for attendance accounting purposes. As a result, LISD loses approximately $40 per student for average daily attendance.
What is the policy? LISD handbook policy states: Students who qualify for spring semester exam exemptions must attend all classes during the week of semester exams. Qualifying students are exempt from taking the semester exam but are not exempt from attending class.
Final exam exemption policies (including required qualifications) can be found in the district handbook on p. 25.
Students may earn exemptions from their Spring Final Exams if they qualify by meeting the criteria below:
- Students must attend all classes during the week of semester exams.
- Qualifying students are exempt from taking the semester exam but are not exempt from attending class.
- Qualification for Spring Exam Exemptions will be based on a student’s attendance for the entire school year.
- Number of Absences must not exceed 6 per class period for the entire year.
- Students moving in at semester must not exceed 3 absences per class period.
- Minimum Average Grade Required is determined by averaging the 5 grading cycles.
- Students must obtain a grade average of 80 - 100.
- Students who level down from AP/Pre-AP to an on-level course must follow the general exemption requirements.
- Semester Courses including AP Government and AP Economics are not eligible for exemptions.
- Students enrolled in semester courses will be required to take the semester exams.
The Exemption Process:
- Students MUST declare their exemptions by signing the exemption roster for each individual course in which they are exempt. Teachers will not have their exemption rosters for students to sign until the day of each final exam. Since qualifying for an exemption does not mean a student plans to exempt the exam (they may be currently failing and need to take it or they may want to take the exam to improve their grade), teachers will assume all their students are taking their exam until the student declares their exemption on the day of the exam. If a student fails to sign in and declare their exemption on the exam day, we will assume they are not claiming their exemption and mark them absent.
- We will do attendance on exam days, as any other day of school, where a student will need to have a parent note to leave early.
- To help facilitate a quick dismissal from the exempted class, our campus administration will have tables set up before school with extra staff available to process attendance parent notes for students who are exempted from both exams and choose to leave early on exam days.
- If a student plans to leave early on exam days, we will not be able to interrupt an exam and call for a student in an exam room, so students must bring a paper note from a parent before school to get an early release pass.
Early finals will not be given to any student without prior administrative approval.