with the perpetuation of continuous assessment, the fear of over-evaluation of grades

A particular year particular notation? Unsurprisingly, the second year of the health crisis due to Covid-19 again led to high results in the baccalaureate.

In the first round, the success rate is 90.5%, all sectors combined, but 95.2% in general – which suggests a final result, at the end of the second round, approaching that of 2020, which was 98.4% in general and 95.7% in total. National education advocated benevolence this year again, after a disrupted end of schooling for terminal students.

But, in families, high schools and higher education establishments, questions arise. With the successive cancellation of all the tests, with the exception of philosophy and the grand oral, the continuous assessment represented 84% of the final mark.

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On July 9, the national education approved the abolition of “common assessments”, imagined as part of the reform of the bac. From the start of the next school year, a continuous “dry” assessment for 40% of the final mark will be perpetuated. The marks of the report card will be counted for all the disciplines which are not evaluated in final exams: modern languages, scientific education – and, for the technological path, mathematics – history-geography and civic education (which is now a separate test), options, and specialty education that the student will have abandoned in first. Physical and sports education, already noted in continuous assessment before, keeps the same evaluation model.

“Finding a happy medium”

This first tray in Blanquer sauce resulted in an overestimation of marks in a good number of establishments. The idea being not to penalize the students and to present good files on Parcoursup, the platform for entering higher education.

For many teachers, the changes announced for next year also mean that the difficulties encountered this year will continue. “The students quibbled, contested the grades and asked us to change the coefficients”, recognizes Christine David-Kassel, English teacher and elected SNES at the Adrien-Zeller high school in Bouxwiller (Bas-Rhin). The acceleration of a pre-existing phenomenon, since, since the implementation of Parcoursup in 2018, the grades of the school report count for entry into higher education. “I think we all put a lot of water in our wine, for our own peace of mind, adds the teacher. This means in practice that we note more broadly less difficult exercises. “

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