The rest of the day was spent prepping for the end of the year. Teachers worked in cohorts in order to make sure the final exams were of valid measure and prepared students for the Keystone exams and were aligned to state standards. For some, the work was simple, but other require some major revisions. Still, I couldn't help but miss the Professional Development that we received my first two years working at the high school.
Prior to the massive budget cuts in 2010-2011, each in-service day usually involved some sort of formal training, seminars, or workshops in the auditorium, library, or LGI (large group instruction) room. While some were better than others (and some were downright dismal), there was at least something new to learn. It was also refreshing to be in the student role for a change. It was a nice change of place from the normal clerical work that piles up throughout the periods in a typical school day. Sadly, since the budget cuts, it seems most of our PD has involved things like "time to edit common assessments" or "time to analyze CDT data". Yes, this does need done at some point, but it's not really professional development anymore. It's really just time to work on your chores.
It could be said that our professional development, much like the day, is half off. Still, I don't think the solution really needs money. Perhaps simply tapping some in-house talent, much like we did at EdCamp or back in January 2011 would solve the problem. Until then, we'll be tinkering our exams. At least half of them.