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  1. Exactly. I have serious doubts about it myself. She was just parroting to me the "company line" from College Board.
  2. The university my son is planning to attend announced this today regarding the fall 2020 semester: "After careful deliberation, our intention is to return to in-person educational operations . . . offering traditional instruction and residential life."
  3. I agree. And the AP exams this year are not going to have live webcam proctoring, right? At least that's my understanding. I wish they were.
  4. For those whose kids will be taking the exam, does this statement from the College Board concern you? If not, why not? https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/security Bolding by me. My son is scheduled to take Calc AB. On the calculus exams especially, and conceivably in other subjects too, of course a student's answers will look like other students' answers. That's the nature of the subject; there's only one correct answer. My son would have a lot to lose (scholarship $) if he were to be accused of cheating, and there's no way to defend yourself and prove you didn't. Same as others accused of cheating on the ACT in the past couple of years, which was in the news for a while. Am I worried about nothing?
  5. I emailed the AP test coordinator at our local high school, through which DS is signed up to take his AP exam. Now that the exam will be online, I asked her what the procedure and deadline is if DS decides to cancel his registration and not take the exam due to all the changes. She replied that her contact at College Board is encouraging test coordinators to NOT cancel any registrations, because "if you cancel, you can't change your mind and sign up again". She said if DS decides not to take the exam, he just needs to not log in to his College Board account on test day. That "no show" will trigger her to contact us and ask if he wants to take the exam on the alternate date in June or if he wants to not take the exam at all. At that point, we could get a refund, less the school's processing charge. She doesn't know yet how much the refund will be. She also reiterated the College Board's position that colleges will unequivocally accept this year's exam results. We're leaning toward DS not taking the exam. There is little upside for him in taking it.
  6. I really hope you're right. I can't imagine a world where our future doctors and nurses and all other healthcare workers don't learn what they NEED to learn by getting a hands-on education. I also hope that many of your fellow educators take the same dedicated approach that you obviously do.
  7. OK, thanks for explaining. Might work for some majors, but not others (life science) - way too much ground has to be covered to make it all up at the end.
  8. I've been thinking about this. Are you saying colleges could have lab intensives in-person even if everything else is shut down and limited to online? If the virus is still a threat, it is still a threat. Even for in-person lab intensives. No way I'd accept that risk.
  9. Same here. My son has received similar offers from a couple of schools he had declined earlier.
  10. All true. DS is thinking hard about what his options might be for next year. His intended major requires courses that can't be done virtually (lab classes). Current students are having to take incompletes in them, no online option. He's already done many of the gen eds by DE, unfortunately. If he takes a gap year, he may not be able to travel like a normal gap year kid would, but he can gain more work experience, earn money, continue volunteering with the organization he has been helping with online, devote time to learning practical skills that will benefit his future career. He already has an online part-time job and has been offered an internship that can be done at-home virtually. He has a health condition that affects his lungs and makes him higher-risk. Does anyone really think colleges might re-open to in-person classes but keep their dorms closed? We are rural, no colleges nearby, so if dorms don't open, DS can't commute or can't go off to college as planned, and I'm not sure I want him living in a dorm until there's a vaccine anyway. Just thinking out loud, no way to make decisions at this point.
  11. Bookworm, yes, that has been exactly my son's experience in his DE class this semester too. Teaching himself from a powerpoint and the textbook. No discussion or lecture. Some weeks there is a ~5 minute(!) pre-recorded video of the prof, but not all weeks, and it is just to introduce the topic, and doesn't cover anything that's not in the powerpoint or text. The school has adopted the policy that the profs will give letter grades at the end of the semester and then the students can choose pass/fail if they want. This is not the school that DS plans to attend in the fall as in incoming freshman, but this experience is making us consider whether he should take a gap year because no one knows yet if in-person classes will happen this fall.
  12. My son's college just now officially canceled ALL on-campus activities, classes, meetings and events for the summer. For students and staff. This included his on-campus enrollment/orientation that was to take place in late May, and the 3-day camp for incoming freshmen that was scheduled for late July. Enrollment and orientation will be done virtually now and the orientation portion will be significantly reduced. I'm not holding my breath for fall. For now we (as a family) are hoping for classes to be in-person and dorms to open, but at the same time we're assuming that none of that will happen and classes will be online only. IMO, dorms are as bad as cruise ships in terms of spreading illness, maybe worse if there are only community bathrooms, which is what many of the freshmen at this school get stuck with. Also starting to think about applying for a gap year.
  13. Same here, thinking about letting DS drop his AP exam. I don't think the exam they have proposed will be fair and I am not convinced colleges will even widely accept it. And even worse, all the threats about what they will do to you if they suspect you of cheating give me pause. It makes me think of the cases in the past year or two where kids were accused of cheating on SAT or ACT exams and what happened to them. Just accused and assumed to be guilty with no way to defend yourself. I think DS will probably take CLEP instead, if one can be scheduled this summer. His college accepts CLEP in addition to AP. ETA - He already has several DE credits and was planning on this one AP exam only for the potential college credit. So he would have taken the class regardless but doesn't "need" it to show rigor on transcript. Not that big a deal for him to dump the AP exam.
  14. Here's a screenshot of the format of my son's transcript. Only a final grade, not semester grades, for each year, except for his senior year. Senior year has a grade column for both semesters since colleges want a mid-year report of senior year grades. (8th grade is there for reporting a math class only. I didn't count advanced work completed prior to high school in any other subjects.)
  15. LOL, I didn't choose to be offended. I thought it was slightly out of context and/or had skipped over some key points from my post, but I understand threads can move quickly sometimes. Hence the winky-smiley face. 😊 We too thought FundaFunda's biology course was great. It does not have live class meetings but there are lecture videos and also weekly deadlines to keep the students on track.
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