As a former teacher, I absolutely agree with readers who ask that teachers incorporate regular “small” tests into their semester planning. Quizzes are an essential pedagogical tool for ensuring that students are following the lessons and understanding the material as the course moves along.
However, as a former college, graduate school and law student, I feel just as strongly that it would be a disservice to discontinue the practice of high-value semester and year-end testing. This is how college courses are graded. Students who are inexperienced with this practice and who consider such preparation insurmountable will be unequipped to succeed in college.
And, as a warning to those who hope to eventually enter law school: Law school grades are typically based entirely on just one final exam, at the end of the course. If our high school students want to succeed in higher education, they must master the skill of assimilating and recalling large chunks of information for final exams now.