February 18, 2016

I met with the Upper School Department Chairs this afternoon to talk about my decision to eliminate mid-term exams next year. It was certainly a good opportunity for me to share the reasons and respond to their concerns. Change of any kind is always hard in schools. In fact, schools have proven to be especially resistant to any kind of change, even those which are connected to their survival. Fortunately, this one is not like that, and I am confident that this particular move will serve as a catalyst for us in the area of student assessment. A system which combines different forms of evaluation such as presentations, group work, research projects, etc. to create a “portfolio” makes much more sense and is a much better indicator of academic progress.
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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.