A bill that would end exemptions from exams based on attendance is dead for this session of the General Assembly, but a local school official says he expects the system will review its current exemption practices. Currently both high schools in Dickson County allow students to skip mid-term and final exams based on attendance and grade criteria. At Dickson County High School, any student who maintains a grade of 80 or higher and misses three or fewer days per semester in a particular class is exempt from the mid-term or final exam. State Sen. Delores Gresham of Somerville and Rep. Debra Moody of Covington introduced a bill this session that would prohibit any school board or individual school from adopting an attendance policy that exempts students from taking exams or tests that are required of other students. The bill stalled in committee and Gresham said it “will not be pursued this year.” Even with the legislature not addressing the subject this session, Dickson County Director of Secondary Education Josh Mason said he expects the administration to address the policy for the system soon. Mason said he is “in the process of looking at what other systems do to create incentives for attendance and grades.” Currently the exemption policy is at the discretion of the principals at the two schools, where some administrators say the exemption incentive has had a noticeable impact on grades and attendance rates.