I teach U.S. History to Grades 7 and 8 and this is my first year teaching 8th grade and my school breaks my grade up into four teams; so four history teachers. Well they've been using the same final since the 2000, which is fine but I was able to teach my students from Reconstruction to present times (like the curriculum guide calls for) but they ran short of time and were only able to teach up until the Clinton Adminstration. We all have to give the same final but I don't think it's fair to give my students the same final as theirs. Yes it would be easier on mine but I feel they should be tested on what they learned. Not to mention the final they use is a tad different from what I'd like mine to be. My ideal final would be 100 multiple choice, 10-20 CRQ's and one essay on American History. There's is 50 multiple choice, 45 CRQ's and two essays. I was thinking about giving my students an alternate test (a final that would be given in class) and it would follow my format, but they'd still complete the regular eighth grade final, and I would keep whichever one they scored higher on. Both tests would equal the same total points. Any ideas?? I don't wish to insult my fellow coworkers but I don't agree with their final and they basically told me "you're new, you didn't spend hours making it, so deal."