Do you think it's fair?
Alberta is the only province in Canada to still have diploma examinations from the government that is worth 50% of their mark. Do you think it's fair for the government to create a standardized test that's supposed to be done within a 2 hour session that is ALSO worth 50% of your final grade?
I tried searching through Google for some opinions, but the most prevalent results were only from the Government of Alberta's Education website and Dave Hancock's opinion on them.
In my opinion, these standardized tests are stupid. I'm fine with final exams, but to have an exam created by people who follow a rigid cirriculum rather than the actual teachers who know what you've been taught...it's just plain unreasonable. Millions of dollars are spent on hiring people to create these exams and to mark them as well. That is money that can be used to fund education and help students develop their knowledge rather than those recent cuts on education.
Alberta is also the only one to have the diploma examinations after Quebec (I'm not sure, there is little information to be found.) took out the provincial testing a while ago. I'm just not sure how a standardized test (written by "professionals" you've probably never seen before) that's made to be finished within a 2 hour setting is supposed to test your knowledge of a whole semester. The least they could do is lower the 50% toll on your final grade.
What are your opinions?