Hillsborough County Cancels Midterm Exams


Emilee Namphengsone, Staff Writer

With no time left of Gaither’s first semester, students are eager to enjoy their winter break, usually, after their midterm exams. However, in light of e-learning complications, Hillsborough County announced that midterm exams will no longer be scheduled this year.

As for students’ grades, semester one exams will be exempted for the 2020-2021 school year. This means that grades will be determined by students’ first and second quarter grades. 

Final grades can be determined by Hillsborough County’s Grade Calculation Chart on https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/progressionplan/section/4/high-school-student-progression

Students were happy to hear about this recent news. Senior Caleb Jenson shared his thoughts on a less stressful end to his fall semester.

“I’m pretty excited that I don’t have to take any exams this year since seniors can be exempted from their final ones,” said Jensen. “This means everyone can enjoy their holiday break a week earlier. I think we all need it.” 

E-Learner and Senior James Simpson expressed that learning content in AP classes through your computer screen can be quite difficult. 

“There are classes I was taking where I was definitely concerned about being about to succeed on midterms, so I am relieved,” said Simpson. “I think a lot of students will be excited about this. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who’s disappointed. I think this might make the county realize that semester exams are kind of unnecessary.”

As midterms are exempted, students and staff are encouraged to continue to stay safe in order to comfortably enjoy their holiday vacation.