I returned exams to the homeroom teachers today. I don't know if the homeroom teachers will give them back to the students today, but I gave them to the homeroom teachers today.
One thing that I always tell the parents and I always hope that the parents will remember is that my tests only get harder. Exam grades in NELP go down, not up. Some of my students could be doing better, it's true. Some of my students didn't turn in important assignments, or turned in too much work too late. Some of my students, I'm sad to say, didn't study as much as they should have. However, all of my students made progress this year, good progress, progress I'm proud of. This term, the tests were very difficult, especially for junior high third grade and the high school students. Their grades dropped considerably due to changes in the curriculum.
I'm happy to say that the new curriculum is much more challenging. However, the grades do inevitably go down as the curriculum becomes more challenging.
Next year, I hope to make the curriculum even more challenging. It won't be impossible. It won't be difficult just for the sake of making it difficult. The changes have a purpose and a goal, and as always, I have the needs of my students in mind. However, it will become harder, and grades will likely go down even more.
The majority of my students did AMAZING work this term, and I'm really proud of my students.