One new debate is the issue of scheduling large exams. It seems recently that a contingent of students, especially in the AP courses, have become stressed because "too many exams were scheduled on the same day". While that's obviously not an ideal situation, it makes sense as the 3rd nine weeks is coming to an end in less than five school days and teachers are pressed for time to fit in their last assignments. I don't give many "tests", but if I did, I'd almost certainly give one this coming Friday (the last weekend before the end of the quarter), and I'm sure many other teachers feel the same way. As a result of some complaints, there's now an effort by the administration to manage exam schedules (not final exams, but tests and quizzes as well) for AP courses to make sure more than one isn't given on the same day. Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway), teachers are none too happy.
Is it the inconvenience that has teachers annoyed? Maybe, but more than likely it's the principle of the matter. While we've been told it's important to raise standards, increase "rigor", and teach grit, the students are now being told that more than one exam on one day is too much and therefore unacceptable. It's not a concept that will follow them through life. It's unlikely their car will wait until summer break to have an issue, and their furnaces won't always stop working when it's warm. Flexibility is great for small formative assessments, but at the end of the day, you have to be able to stand and face the boss on your own. Having pre-sorted problems may reduce stress for a testing cycle, but it won't make the students better time managers or problem-solvers going forward.