Their rationale goes like this:
- We don't want to penalize you if you have a bad test day.
- We don't believe your future should ride on the success of one set of tests.
- We have confidence in our teachers and trust their ability to assess students.
For Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut Students:
- Diploma exam marks are no longer required! We will take the mark that workds to your best advantage - your in-class mark or your diploma exam mark. It's just that simple. So when you write your diploma exams, don't get stressed! We'll look at your entire academic career, not just those three intense hours. We're the first university in Canada to do this - just another University of Saskatchewan advantage.
This is yet another example of how post-secondary institutions are grasping how little test scores actually tell us about a learner and that while some might believe tests have their place, we must all remember to keep them in their place.
What effect will this move have on other colleges and universities in Canada?