Editorial: Midterm scheduling conflicts inflict stress on both teachers and students

Midterms are steadily approaching. While students should focus on studying and doing their best on these assessments, this year they are ultimately hindered by the multitude of scheduling complications during midterms week. There are two time slots for midterms during the week of January 21: 8:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. We students are able to take a maximum of two midterms per day. If more than two midterms are scheduled for a student each day, there is a conflict room available for test make-ups.

This room has many complications, the main one being that if a student has a testing conflict or has missed an exam due to an absence, it is necessary that the exam is made up during the next testing slot for that day, or the day after. For the students whose midterm schedules are over owing, this may result in them having no available time to take a missed test. This suggests a more intense problem as students can have more tests to take than there are available testing sessions during midterm week. Students hope to have as little stress as possible during this important week, but it can be hard due to these scheduling complications.

“Colleges, schools, and all of us should keep working at reducing testing anxiety in kids. Midterms and finals can negatively impact students’ moods and that is truly unfortunate,” said Assistant Principal Dr. Brad Fitzgerald.

Having this stress on a student’s mind while they are trying to prepare, study, and take an important exam is sure to be a distraction. Due to the number of midterms that have to be administered and supervised during this one week, there is no surprise that conflicts arise and bring more stress along with them.

“Over the past two years we have been limited to four days of testing so everything is more cramped,” said Dr. Fitzgerald.

With more than 35 midterms, it is not necessary to have all of these tests crammed tightly into a one week schedule. Instead, a two-week testing period should be created to ensure overlapping exams do not occur. Although this would overlap with the regular teaching schedule, it would reduce the amount of stress on both students and administrators, increase productivity, and allow students to do better on each of their midterms.