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  1. Can someone explain this to me? A person who scores at the 1st percentile on the SAT or ACT is probably not getting into any sort of selective college. Then why is it that the score ranges for both the SAT and the ACT devote so much real estate to the 1st percentile and lower versus the 99th percentile and higher? For the SAT, 1st percentile scores lie between 400 and 680 (29 out of 121 possible scores; 24%) versus the 99th percentile which are between 1510 and 1600 (10 out of 121 possible scores; 8%). Likewise, for the ACT, scores of 1-11 (31%) are at the 1st percentile whereas scores of 34-36 are at the 99th percentile (8%). Shouldn't this be reversed? Isn't the more relevant information at the upper end? ETA: For the SAT in 1984, 17% of the scores were in the top 1% whereas 6% of the scores were in the bottom 1%, so it was reversed back then.
  2. One reason might be so that you're grateful when you're finally allowed to use other means in college (this would be my son).
  3. I have the instructor's solution manual and tests for the 4th edition. I think that they might have gone over to a pdf version for the 5th edition so that they could keep it from being sold used, though I could be wrong.
  4. For us, rigor looked like keeping students in their zone of proximal development, choosing resources that required thought rather rote effort to complete, and a commitment to developing cultural literacy.
  5. Nothing. I didn't give high school credit for it in spite of the fact that my son used it between Algebra I (which I gave HS credit for) and geometry (which I also gave high school credit for).
  6. No, it used to be at the beginning.
  7. I don't include anything about output or grading criteria. I figure that's just opening up a can of worms.
  8. I walk alone in the woods all the time, and I see lots of single women doing the same. I has never occurred to me not to.
  9. The answer to this entire problem is to eliminate the essay and include an experimental section in every administration. And if there really is a demand for a "standardized" essay exam, it should be given separately, the way the subject tests are.
  10. I don't know anything about Wilson Hill. So, in your course descriptions you included all that stuff about instructor/student interaction and meeting times?
  11. I interpret "distance learning program" as a credit-granting online or correspondence school since it is listed in a series with "traditional secondary school" and "institute of higher education." I consider both WTM Academy and Derek Owens to be resources, since the parent is the one who grants the credit. However, I consider Oak Meadow, which is asynchronous, has no student interaction, and teacher interaction limited to email to fall into the "distance learning" category because it is accredited and grants credit. But I think that you can interpret it any way you want. So, for example, if my students were short on experiences with teachers other than me and had no outside classes in more traditional settings, I'd definitely put WTM Academy and Derek Owens on there. ETA: I interpreted it the way I explained in the first paragraph five years ago when the older kid applied to college, and there were no problems.
  12. My son was doing the same thing when he was doing Saxon. We switched to Singapore (you might like level 2 better), and all of the problems disappeared.
  13. Yeah, well, I had already written AP off when they got rid of the Oxford comma.
  14. I don't know what rm'ing is, but I would first try removing any formatting that isn't regular single spaced text and returns. Copy and paste that into the box in the Common App. Then use their tools to add italics and extra returns.
  15. Did he type it into the comment box directly or copy and past it from a word processing document like Word? If it is the latter (which I expect it is), try eliminating the italics in that document and then redoing them once he's pasted it into the comment box by using the tool there.
  16. I just uploaded my transcript and also the course description document as a second transcript. My transcript listed all courses my son had taken in high school. Then I had official transcripts sent separately from the other schools my son had attended.
  17. Have you ever heard of Druidawn? I admit to knowing very little about it except that it is like DnD and creative writing is an integral part of the game. My older son was a member of a Druidawn group when he was in sixth grade and it was the thing that got him really writing.
  18. My son applied to colleges in the fall of his gap year. He lived across the country, and we were able to communicate just fine via skype. If your son will be in a place with good internet, it should be ok as long as he is able to commit the time necessary to get it done. I'd have him get any major essays done before he goes though.
  19. I would leave the course info off the transcript and put it in your course descriptions. Make the titles of your home-based classes more descriptive so that they can be differentiated easily. With regard to course descriptions, when my older son applied to colleges five years ago, I was under the impression that I only needed course descriptions for the home-based courses because students in traditional schools don't need to do anything special with regard to that, so why would a homeschooler who has taken classes at those same schools? Well. That's apparently not the case because the Common App actually specifically asks for course descriptions (they say to list the "content") for outside courses. And just outside courses. Like, what the heck? And they still do. So this time around, I've made a course description document that has descriptions for all courses taken. I don't put any test scores on the transcript.
  20. Based on your description, she doesn't sound like the type, but is it possible that she is staying up after she finishes her schoolwork to catch up on socializing and relaxing (gaming, watching videos, reading, whatever)? I have two kids who I pulled out of school midyear during high school. The older one was in an IB program and it was not a good fit for many reasons, so he left after the first semester of his junior year and dual enrolled at the local CC. He ended up at a moderately selective engineering college and did well there. The other one dropped two classes at the end of the first semester of 10th grade because, according to my son, they were "meaningless." We homeschooled those subjects for the rest of the year. Then we homeschooled four classes in 11th grade, and now in his senior year, we are homeschooling two. I explained my older son's situation in my counselor letter and plan to do the same for the younger one. That said, I'm not sure what I'd do in your situation.
  21. If Common Core alignment is an issue, I would categorize Jacobs as both advanced and behind. (Note that I am a huge Jacobs Algebra fan.) When I looked at the Unlock Math topics, they went beyond (in various ways and not all the same ways) any of the Algebra I texts/programs that I have used (Jacobs, Lial, Larson CC, Holt CC, Derek Owens).
  22. They can. Certainly the first two can. There is also a high school version of HO called World History: Our Human Story. It has a lot lifted straight out of the HO books, but it is meant to be used by older student in one year. I have not used it (or read it carefully), so I don't know how coherent or interesting it is, though I know that K12 strives to tell a good story with their history materials.
  23. We used K12's American Odyssey. It is coherent and interesting. I looked far and wide for something at the college level that was better and couldn't find anything. We also used the Zinn book. I would say that AO provides a balanced mainstream perspective, rather than a true counterpoint to Zinn. I used AO twice, once with a 2e 14yo and once with an HG+ 12yo.
  24. I'm pretty sure the SOTW activity books have questions. That said, unless there are special needs involved, there is no way I'd use SOTW with a 7th or 8th grader. I recommend The Human Odyssey series for that age. Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3
  25. If you have a cheese grater you can grate the zucchini and make zucchini bread.
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