Summative Season Returns to Richview

By William Westaway

Spring is coming to Richview, bringing with it a multitude of changes and events for our school. Starting in the coming weeks, our students will enjoy track and field, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and, of course, summatives. Completing the annual cycle, students will now begin to work on their final projects and studying for
their final exams. This year, however, the age-old system is being modified, causing a stir in the student populace.

Starting this year, a teacher may only assign either a summative project or a final exam. Whereas in years past students would usually end up with one of each from each of their classes to deal with, summatives and exams have become mutually exclusive. The only two courses exempt from this new protocol are French and English, which will continue to have both. This was done because it was believed that studying for an exam and doing a project was too much work for the students. While the science and math departments have decided to have only exams, most of the liberal art and business classes have opted for summatives.

The general reaction from the student body has been favorable. Summative season can be an extremely stressful time for students, as they wrestle with their time tables and attempt to deal with their workload. In theory, this new rule should cut that workload in half. However, some students have voiced their concern over an entire 30% of their final grade being based on a single assignment. Jamie Learmonth (Grade 11) voiced his opinion on the matter:

“I would prefer an exam over a summative mainly because of the time required for each. A summative, if you want to do a good job could take 10 to 20 hours of work. An exam, though it seems more threatening because everything depends on how you perform on the spot in two hours, is better because at most you’ll do about 2 hours of studying. That means that you could save say eight hours of time if you wrote an exam as opposed to doing a big summative. That’s free time that I could be spending on something I enjoy.”

There was also concern voiced by some students about their ability to perform during exams. “I think at the end of the day it’ll be good, but… You have to be careful when you put all your eggs in one basket. Last year, the science summative saved me, and I’m not sure how I’ll do without it. I hate taking tests”, said
Bruno Cestau (Grade 11).

Although exams may still be two months away, they’re weighing heavily on Richview’s mind. Whether or not this change to the system will be fruitful or not will be known in the coming mo