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I am a high school teacher with three preps this year. Two of them have a "final" that are written by an external party (a Geometry final from the New York State Board of Regents and an AP Calculus test written by College Board). I don't mind either of them. I fully admit that I "teach to the test", in the sense that I trust the test to be well-designed ...


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Your point about less weighting of the final exam is made as both a con and a pro (not logically consistent). The issue of less flexibility to alter the curriculum is not purely a con, can be a pro. I know this will raise hackles of community of instructors here who enjoy flexibility and see themselves as Robin Williams in Dead Poets. But there can be a ...


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