The 1st Block will end this week and teachers are 'wrapping up' their instruction with final exams or final tests this week. Why do teachers give final exams/tests? Final tests are often referred to as summative assessments, meaning the test is a 'summary' of everything the teacher has taught and the students have learned during the block. Teachers use the test results to find out how effective the teaching and learning has been during the block and to make decisions about future instruction.
At the end of this week the block will end, October 25, 2012. Grades will be finalized, posted to transcripts and then next week report cards will be sent home.