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Clear Creek last won the day on June 14 2013

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  1. My daughter got her ACT score for the October test date today, and it was two points lower than her April test. I get that scores can drop, but she did some serious studying between the two test dates. Her composite scores for the last couple practice tests in the weeks leading up to the October test were seven points higher than she actually scored. Question: would you have your student's test hand-scored in this situation? I am considering it because not only is that a huge drop from what she was getting on practice tests, but the areas that she took the biggest dives in were her best areas! She went from mid-30's on practice tests to mid-20's in both reading and English. It is like I am looking at someone else's scores, honestly. She left the test center confident that she had done pretty well, so her score today was very unexpected. Is it worth the money to have the test hand-scored? Or would you just have your student test again in December? FWIW, my daughter is a senior and needs to raise her score one point to qualify for the honors college at her top choice school.
  2. The Common App will allow you to submit one optional report, which is the spot for a corrected transcript. They will ask for your reason for changing or correcting the transcript. I know this because I had to do this a couple of weeks ago. I had a mistake on the transcript and my daughter added another class a month into the school year.
  3. The school profile gets uploaded under the profile section - when you are looking at the four tabs it is the one farthest to the left that says profile. This is the information section for school stuff that would pertain to all students in a school. The counselor recommendation letter gets uploaded in the workspace for your specific student under counselor recommendation. Clear as mud?
  4. I would not worry about him not listing his senior year courses if they are on the transcript. You can also let him put the courses in and leave the grades blank. I would think either way would be okay since both lead to them having the course list. You will be uploading an updated transcript with mid-year grades in a couple months anyway. According to the common app FAQ's, once the student submits to that school, the entirety of what has been filled out and uploaded will be sent to the institution, so a missing LOR will not hold things up.
  5. I assumed since it was the high school board, she was referring to the high school book 😄 Thankfully we got that cleared up 😁
  6. My youngest just started using it this week. He didn't use CLE math at the lower levels, but he has used CLE for other subjects. The biggest benefit is definitely the ability to go back to the lesson where a forgotten concept was introduced earlier in the book. Another benefit is that the textbook can be reused by a sibling or resold. My son said the instructions in the book are really clear, and I like that the answer key has each problem fully solved.
  7. I think Wordsmith Craftsman would work fine for what you need. It covers a variety of types of essay writing as well as writing skills needed for adulthood (business letters and reports, taking notes, letters of support or apology). I am using it with my senior to polish her essay-writing skills and to cover writing that she has not done before (the business writing section and the critical essay). I do not find it remedial at all; it is definitely high school level. We are doing it in a semester, though; next semester she will be working on research papers and literary essays. Jensen's Format Writing is much less wordy than Wordsmith Craftsman. If you need a straight, just-the-facts presentation, that is what I would recommend. I should add that my experience using it is with the original version, not the new edition from Masterbooks - my version has cleaner and less cluttered pages and no tests.
  8. In my local high school the 9th graders who are not going to progress far in science take integrated chemistry and physics (basically physical science), then they take biology in 10th grade. The more advanced students skip ICP and go straight to biology, chemistry, and physics.
  9. Thank you all! I went ahead and scanned my signature and put the image in the signature space on the transcript. Now to lie awake at night for the next six months and wonder if I ruined my kid's college chances by messing up in some way on the counselor recommendation or something. Lol.
  10. I compared the topics to the ones covered in my copy of Foerster Algebra 1 and the topics are almost identical. I would say that it definitely covers all the topics of a rigorous algebra 1 program. It definitely covers quite a bit more than Jacobs Elementary Algebra, which is not advanced, but not behind.
  11. I just did it this weekend. I found this blog post very helpful; it walks you through step-by-step.
  12. I have my daughter's transcript completed and ready to upload to the common app. I assume I am supposed to print out a copy and sign it first? Then scan it in? And upload a jpeg? Or do they just want the PDF file and they don't care about the signature? Or am I supposed to convert it to a different format after scanning in a signed copy? Or.... There is not enough coffee in the world for this on a Saturday morning.
  13. Lantern English has a research paper writing class. 8 weeks online, only $60. My oldest hasn't taken that specific course, but she has taken a couple other writing courses with them.
  14. I don't know of a list, but Columbia College of Missouri (where I got my B.A.) offers dual enrollment courses for $75/credit hour, both online and in person.
  15. In the state of Texas it is every public school. From the Commissioner of Education's letter:
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