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KISD Implements Senior Exam Exemptions

Keller ISD is implementing a Senior Final Exam Exemption policy that will take effect beginning in the spring of 2019. 

Student taking test During the 2017-18 school year, students on the Superintendent's Student Cabinet asked District administration to consider providing seniors with the ability to earn exemptions from final exams if they meet specific criteria. This school year, Student Cabinet members provided specific input and feedback on what should be included in an administrative regulation governing final exam exemptions.

High school principals worked with teachers to create a new Senior Final Exam Exemption guideline that will take effect on January 8, 2019, for second semester finals. All seniors, enrolled in an eligible course, who meet the criteria, will be exempt from the final exam for that course.

2018-2019 Senior Final Exam Exemption Regulations: 

Senior students who meet grade, attendance, and behavior requirements are eligible for final exam exemption.

Senior students must meet all of the following criteria in order to be exempt from a final exam:

  • Have an 85 average in the course;
  • Beginning January 8, 2019, senior students may have no more than three unexcused absences for the second semester of the 2018-19 school year; and
  • Have no ISS, OSS, or DAEP assigned days.

The following absences qualify as unexcused absences: 

  • ABS (Absence)
  • MABS (Makeup Absence)
  • PRN (Parent Note)
  • TRU (Truant)

CTE Courses: 

  • Industry based certification tests may be used in CTE courses to substitute the final exam grade.

Courses not eligible for exemption: 

  • Courses that require a capstone assessment, project, portfolio, performance or performance evaluation as a final.
  • Blended Learning Courses.
  • Dual Credit Courses.
  • Online Credit Courses.

Notification of eligibility for senior exemptions:

  • Exemptions will be determined no later than the Monday of the week of final exams.  
  • Teachers will notify students of their exemption eligibility.
  • Students who are exempt do not have to attend class the day of the final.

Students who are exempt and choose to take the final exam will not be penalized for any final exam grade that will lower their semester average.

Please direct questions regarding this administrative regulation to the building principal.