Hi Sarah, I believe you are asking for challenges in the Exams-at-Home initiative and not in general. so I shall reply in that context. Yes, we faced quite a few challenges. Our admin team had to devise routes and pick up stops for the distribution of packets within half a day for more than 250 students We had to reach out to each and every parent and explain the whole idea and bring them on board The teachers had to pack up all the student belongings (notebooks, worksheets, stationery, etc) along with question papers. They had to call each and every child every day of the exam to check for the sanctity of the test as well as any queries they may have had. During paper correction teachers had to keep the past records in mind to see if there were any huge discrepancies in the performance that would need to be brought out to the leaders. Exams of different grades ended at different dates and hence we had to arrange for pick up of papers accordingly, bring them to school and then hand them over to respective teachers at home for correction. However, I would want to mention that these were logistical challenges that could be easily solved because the mindset was in place. In the absence of a complete buy-in from the team, we would not have been able to do so.
Lastly, ours is a new school and we had only up to Grade 8 last year. We add a new grade every year and this year we have begun with Grade 9. So yeah, can't comment on Board exams.
I hope this helps you gain more insight into our question.
PS: As you are a community coach drawing your attention to a small hiccup in the form. In the 'Tell us about your idea' text box, the character limit is not mentioned. I ended up putting in a huge write up only to realize I was off the character limit by far when I tried to save it. Please look into it.