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  1. snowbeltmom

    California has TWO bills in the assembly

    If the bill makes it out of committee, which is doubtful, at some point along the way I would expect a ruling that the bill violates the 4th amendment.
  2. Whether the premise is false or not depends on the career. For most careers, where you go to college doesn't matter -it's the degree that counts. In other fields, where you go to school matters a great deal.
  3. snowbeltmom

    California has TWO bills in the assembly

    How the heck will the "parent certification" work? Based on the recent threads discussing CA, CA has now moved to the #1 spot previously held by NY on my personal list of "the state I would not want to homeschool in." Hopefully, this bill, like other recent bills that infringed on homeschoolers' rights, will die a quick death.
  4. Does MiF have placement tests? I am not familiar with that program, but I know that there are placement tests for PM. I have quite a few tutoring students who are getting A's in their school math classes and see me weekly for more challenging math than they are receiving in school. I use PM with these students, and it is very typical for these students to place 2 to 3 grade levels below their school grade level. I have never had a student place at grade level, yet alone above grade level when using this program.
  5. snowbeltmom

    Math and Science and Language requirements

    My son's school doesn't have a core curriculum, which is one of the reasons he chose the school. I know that he will not be taking a foreign language, and I will be shocked if he elects to take a science class.
  6. I have some experience with how some admissions offices evaluate an applicant based on SAT/ACT scores from going through the recruiting process with my son. It seemed that with the SAT (this was the old test), the Reading and Math sections were looked at separately and the writing section was ignored. My son was told that admissions was looking for above 700 in each subsection, and these scores were more important than the composite. I have a friend whose son is going through the process this year, so this info is second-hand. She said that the coaches are recommending that their recruits take the ACT. The coaches have told her that based on the scores that they are seeing for the new SAT, that the belief that the new SAT is easier is wrong. They believe that the new SAT is more difficult. However, until the admissions offices get new official concordance tables from the College Board, they will contiune to concord using the current tables. Recruits that were not able to get past admissions with the new SAT scores, were able to meet the thresholds with the ACT. I don't understand how the College Board blundered the concordance tables so badly. I feel bad for the 2018 graduates. I hope this gets figured out by next year, but to be on the safe side, I have signed my D up to take the ACT next month.
  7. snowbeltmom

    Calculus Curricula Help!!

    . Yes, the Larson book will definitely prepare a student for calculus in college.
  8. snowbeltmom

    Calculus Curricula Help!!

    I have used the Larson textbook, Calculus for AP with great success. Larson has free online resources to support their various textbooks. Calc Chat provides solutions to the odd-numbered textbook problems. Calc View provides video instruction for the main topics in each chapter. What I like about this particular textbook is that at the end of each section are three questions worded similarly to questions found on the AP exam. In addition after each chapter review section, there is a another section of multiple choice and free response questions typical to those found on the AP exam.
  9. snowbeltmom

    Calculus Curricula Help!!

    Imo, those topics need to be included in a Calc 2 course
  10. snowbeltmom

    Struggling Freshman Year

    I do think it does get easier down the road, not because the course work gets easier, but because the kids have honed their study skills. Some colleges don't even give letter grades for the first semester of freshman year because they want to give the students an opportunity to adjust to the demands of college classes. Good luck to your daughter.
  11. ACT is the one paying the proctors and room supervisors. At the end of the day, it is the ACT's responsibility to ensure a secure testing environment.
  12. In my opinion, the ACT is to blame if students are cheating off of each other during the test. The ACT is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the testing environment since they are the ones responsible for hiring the proctors and room supervisors. Students cheating off of each other should never happen. That's what the proctors are there for. It sounds like for many of these kids accused of cheating, it has not been possible to "clear their names" even when they do retake the test. These kids are declared guilty with no ability to prove their innocence. Some of the parents have hired attorneys to fight the ACT, but the ACT has legally protected itself by requiring all of our kids to sign a document before they take the exam.
  13. She has one specifically for the English on the ACT and another one for the writing section of the SAT. However, the writing section on the "new and improved" SAT is very similar to the grammar section on the ACT. One of her books will now work well for both tests.
  14. I agree. The ACT needs to have confidence that the proctors are doing their jobs. A student should not have to worry about being accused of cheating simply because his score increased. This practice of flagging "cheaters" based solely on score discrepancies is ridiculous.
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