I have been a teacher at the middle school level for more than 30 years, and am now semi-retired teaching graduate school. I am also the parent of a high school Sophomore and have run into this problem consistently for the past four years from middle school to the present. Many of the teachers do not return assessments either at all ( only giving students a look at the grade) or very late, two or more weeks after the test. Having been in the classroom for many years I understand the issue of time trying to grade open response questions from 135 students. But I learned that it was critical to my students that they get their tests back very quickly in order for them to learn what it was they had not understood and got incorrect on the test, as well as to confirm their knowledge and understanding. The responses that I have received from my son's teachers is that they need to keep the "integrity of the test intact" in order to give valid make up tests for those students who were absent. I don't know if this is a unique issue with my school district, but I suspect it is not. Can any of you offer suggestions to these teachers how to manage an issue that I believe is very important to the learning process?
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