Lower Alberta High School Diploma Weights
Alberta High School students go through tremendous amounts of hard work and stress to get the grades they achieve. The last year of high school is always stressfull and emotional and to top it off we have to write standardized exams that are desgined for averages of 65-67 percent. This is greatly detrimental to a student's say, 80% in an academic class. Alberta High school students receive first class education but have to compete like no tomorrow in order to get into a good university because our averages coming out of high school are comparitively lower than other provinces. The reason for this is because their exit exams are not only notas difficult as the Alberta Diploma Exam, but also not worth as much. Alberta is the only province/territory in the entire country that has exit exams weighted at 50%. Us Alberta students are educated perhaps better than any other province in Canada, but have to compete for spots in top Universities such as University of Toronto which gives its priorities to Toronto graduates.This is incredibly unfair to Alberta students who statistically have been better educated than any other Canadian student. It is very unfair for a student's dynamic intelligence to be determined based on a 3 hour exam. A student works hard all semester to achieve high grades which can be completely ruined due to the weight of this exit exam. You may say that this will prove how intelligent the student really is, but with all that stress, pressure, and so little time to write such a big make-it-or-break-it exam, it is only logical to say many students will struggle. This is incredibly unfair. We shouldn't be told that we are only as intelligent as our Diplomas say we are.
Diploma exams are DESIGNED for averages of 65% The city-wide average of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, and Social Studies dimplomas has not exceeded 67 in the past 3-4 years. This is insane. It's like they WANT us to do bad. Our hard work CANNOT be thrown out like this!
The weight of Diploma exams need to be changed!
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