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  1. My daughter has taken several AP classes through Florida Virtual School Flex (accredited, but she's still a full time homeschooler). Those classes will be listed accordingly on her transcript along with her other home-based classes, but should I include the unofficial course list with grades from FLVS in the Transcript section of Common App? I planned originally to upload course descriptions and her official transcript; not sure if uploading the FLVS course list will be confusing or if it will instead provide the grade substantiation she's looking for. (I am also assuming that FLVS will not send an official transcript since she is fully a homeschooler?) Thank you so much for any advice you can provide!
  2. I've been really relieved and grateful to find that the AP Teacher Community has been pretty inclusive about letting me (homeschooling mom of 6) join the various discussion and resource boards, but haven't heard anything back from AP Biology (and received a hard no from the FB affiliated pages). I'm curious if anyone has encountered anything similar and if you have any great resources that you recommend. We have a 14 year old son who really loves science and already passed the AP Bio exam, but I'm wanting to make the curriculum a bit more interactive for our daughter as she isn't as in love with Science as he is (inhales literature and History, though!). Thank you! I've been so impressed with all of the information I've been able to find on here!
  3. UPDATE: See detailed instructions in this post below my first signature! I'm trying to set up an account on the College Board to submit an AP syllabus. I'm running into a road block - the FAQ here says: Unfortunately, there is no selection called "Home School Provider" available to choose from the list. Instead, it requires that I choose a function (teacher) and an organization (a school in a premade list). You can see the problem by going to the AP Course Audit page for AP Computer Science A and clicking the Get Started Create and Account link on that page. (You don't need to create an account or even type in any information to see the list.) At the bottom of the Create Your Professional Account page that appears, scroll to the bottom of the page and look at the list provided by the label "What is your primary job function?" Note that "Home School Provider" is not there. In addition, it requires you to select an employer from "Where do you work?" Has anyone who homeschools recently successfully submitted a syllabus to the College Board? If so, how did you do it? I plan to call the CB tomorrow, but just thought I'd ask now. Thanks! GardenMom UPDATE: Here are detailed instructions on how to gain access to submit a syllabus to AP Course Audit: 1. Go to the AP Course Audit page for AP Computer Science A and just click on the Get Started Create an Account link on that page. (Of course, you can do this from the AP Course Audit page for any AP test.) This will take you to the Create Your Professional Account page. 2. Fill in your "Account Information" as normal. 3. For the "Professional Information", do NOT enter "Zip or postal code of your organization." Leave that space blank. 4. For "Where do you work," enter your state CEEB code (99XX99 where the "XX" depends on your state). For VA, it is 994799. You must type the number (do not press enter) and then wait for "Statename Home School" to appear below that box in light blue. Then click on the light blue text to enter the proper homeschool information for your state into the form. (You can also accomplish the same result by typing "Statename Home School" directly into the form, waiting, and then selecting the proper result from the list. Note that the CB spells out "Home School" as two words, so you must also use this format. Thanks, Sebastian!) 5. Do NOT check the box "My organization is not listed." 6. For the "What is your primary job function?" selection, choose "K-12: AP Teacher." 7. Click "Next: Review." 8. Review your entries and accept that form. (I don't remember what the button is called on that page.) 9. Go to your email and find one from the College Board entitled "Education Professional Registration Confirmation." Open the email and click the link to sign in again and thereby validate your account. 10. Return to the AP Course Audit page for AP Computer Science A page and this time click on the Continue to AP Course Audit link. (It is located in the same green area at the top left of the page where you originally found the link to "Get Started Create an Account." 11. This will open the AP Course Audit page. You will see an error message which reads: Do not panic! This is normal. The person at College Board explained that this message appears because you have not yet set up the course audit area (with basically the same information you just provided a minute ago). 12. Click Click here. :laugh: A new page entitled Get Access to AP Course Audit will appear. 13. Ensure that "Teacher" is selected for "Job Function." 14. Do NOT enter "Zip/Postal Code." Leave that space blank. 15. For "Professional Organization" enter your state CEEB code (99XX99 where the "XX" depends on your state). For VA, it is 994799. You must type the number (do not press enter) and then wait for "Statename Home School" to appear below that box in light blue. (Again!) (You can also accomplish the same result by typing "Statename Home School" directly into the form, waiting, and then selecting the proper result from the list. Note that the CB spells out "Home School" as two words, so you must also use this format. Thanks, Sebastian!) 16. Click the "Add" button. You will see a message which reads: You can now see your access on the lower right portion of the screen: Woohoo!! I'm all set through January, 2040!! :hurray: 17. Click the "Finished" button to see a page for 10 seconds which reads: That sounds so official!! 18. After waiting for the prescribed 10 seconds, your My College Board Professional Account page will appear. (Without my husband's encouragement, I could not possibly ever wait for that long! :blush:) 19. Click the AP Course Audit hypertext in the "My Tools and Services" area. This again takes you to the AP Course Audit page, but this time without the error! 20. Click the "Add New Course" button. A pop-up window entitled "New Course for Virginia Home School" appears. Select the course for which you want to submit a syllabus and click "Add Course" and then confirm on the next page. The right side of the screen now shows: 21. Click the "Submit syllabus" button to submit your syllabus. (I am not providing that link since it is either for "Computer Science A" or for my specific account or perhaps both.) That's it! Wasn't that easy? Hopefully someone else will be helped by these steps (until they change the website next month :glare: ). Please let me know if you have any questions or problems with these instructions. A BIG thanks to my hubby, RegGuheert, for constructing this post for me!!! GardenMom
  4. This thread intended as a comprehensive discussion of how a homeschool parent can teach their student Java programming and prepare them for the AP Computer Science A exam. I am doing this now since my son taught a Java course to homeschoolers in the fall and did AP CS A test prep this spring. I was both his assistant and his student in these courses and I want to take advantage of that dual perspective to capture my thoughts on how to best approach this topic. My goal is to enable homeschool parents who do not have programming experience (or Java programming experience) to administer a homeschool course and successfully prepare their students for the AP Computer Science A exam. This thread is not intended to be the ONLY or the BEST approach to this topic. What works best is very subjective and it depends on the characteristics of the teacher, the student and their goals for the course, among other things. Rather it is simply a resource which someone wanting to provide this course can use to gather ideas on how best to proceed. I encourage everyone to provide corrections and suggestions in the comments and I will make adjustments to the posts as I feel is necessary. This thread will include ideas on how to teach Java programming, but it will be mainly focused on AP CS A test preparation. The discussions will range from broad overviews to detailed discussions of technical topics with very specific strategies provided. I will provide many links to available resources, some free and some for a fee. (I am not affiliated with any of the organizations to which I am linking.) In the interest of ensuring that I have enough space to fit all the material that I want to cover, I am breaking this post into several separate posts on different topics. Here is an outline of what will be covered: - Should my student learn computer programming in high school? - Java programming: Overview and Resources - AP Computer Science A: Overview and Resources - Multiple-choice (MC) test-taking strategies - Free-response question (FRQ) test-taking strategies - Programming Fundamentals: Tips and strategies - Data Structures: Tips and strategies - Logic: Tips and strategies - Algorithms/Problem Solving: Tips and strategies - Object-Oriented Programming: Tips and strategies - Recursion: Tips and strategies - Software Engineering: Tips and strategies Please bear with me as it will take me days or weeks to assemble all of this information. In the meantime, please ask your past AP CS A students to comment on what they found to be the most difficult areas or to provide any tips that helped them the most. Also, if you are a parent who is thinking about offering this to a student, but have questions which are not answered here, please post your thoughts and I will see if I can answer them. If you are a parent that has taught AP CS A, either successfully or not-so-successfully, please share your insights on what works and the struggles that you had. Thanks!
  5. Now that SOME of you have gotten your PSAT scores :glare: , I guess it's time for a 2017 PSAT "How did it go?" thread.
  6. The AP Course Audit website is now open for courses for the 2015-2016 school year. As such, I thought it might be interesting to have a thread to share approved syllabi to simplify the process in the case someone is using an identical or similar curriculum. My recommendation is to post both what you have approved for this year as well as what you might be looking to get approved this year. If you would like to request or offer a syllabus to someone, please do that via PM. When you share a syllabus, you may also want to share the official AP syllabus number for that syllabus in case they want to file it as an identical or modified version. (I don't think we should post them in the thread so that people don't just use them indiscriminately.) I don't know if any of us use sufficiently-similar curricula to make this at all worthwhile, but I'll start: Syllabi we have that are approved for 2015/2016 school year: AP Chemistry - Based upon Chemistry by Zumdahl, and AP Chemistry Guided Inquiry Experiments (for the labs) by The College Board - This syllabus was first approved for the 2014-2015 school year. AP Computer Science A - Based upon TeenCoder: Java Programming - This syllabus was first approved for the 2014-2015 school year. Syllabi we are interested in getting approved for the 2015/2016 school year: AP Physics C - Based upon Physics by Resnick, Halliday and Krane. AP Calculus BC - Based upon Calculus of a Single Variable by Larson Hostetler and Edwards (Chalk Dust Calculus) If you don't know how to get started with getting your College Board account set up and getting your syllabus approved, I recommend that you read the step-by-step instructions in this thread. Hopefully things haven't changed too much since last year. If you are wondering why anyone would go through the trouble of getting these syllabi approved, I can think of four possible reasons (there may be others): You are teaching a course and you would like to be able to advertise the course as having received "official recognition by the College Board that it meets or exceeds the expectations colleges and universities have for your AP subject." You would like to put "AP" on your official high school transcript for your student. You want access to additional sample tests. You just want to be thorough and ensure that you are covering all the material that is expected for an AP-level course. One final thought: MomsintheGarden says that she does not want to share these out to members with fewer than a couple of hundred posts so that individuals do not join just to gain access to these syllabi. (I'm not really sure what a student would do with an approved syllabus, but perhaps there is some concern there. Frankly, I don't really enjoy reading the ones I wrote myself. :tongue_smilie: )
  7. Our local high school called today to tell me they are having difficulty ordering the AP Computer Science A test for our son. When he tried to place the order, the CB web page asked him for an access code. This did not happen in previous years. He called me to ask if I had a code that he could use, but I don't know anything about that. I told him that it is possible that they had sent me a message through the course audit since I got the course reapproved last August and that I would look into and get back with him tomorrow. Of course it is now Februrary and AP Course Audit is currently closed. I'll log in tomorrow and look around, but I frankly don't expect to find anything. In the meantime, I thought I would post here and see if anyone knows anything about an access code that schools need for ordering AP CS A. Perhaps this issue is coming up because the high school is not approved for AP CS A, but that seems like an odd requirement that will leave a lot of homeschoolers with nowhere to test. I wonder if he had the problem simply because it is still February, but beyond that, I am at a total loss. If you have any ideas about what might be causing this issue, I'm interested to hear them. TIA! I'll call the CB tomorrow is I HAVE to, but I expect they will be a bit busy on March 1. :glare:
  8. I am trying to understand this and could use some help. The two college entrance exams are published by Pearson and College Board, correct? Pearson is the largest textbook company, and publishes The ACT. Doesn't it also have the rights to the Standford testing and ITBS? Aren't these the tests used to determine how schools are doing academically and their funding? Pearson also has online learning labs, test and quizzes for college students. Does it have the same for high schools as well? So Pearson learning tests kids from first grade on,then tests them for entry into college? At some schools, then does the lions' share of teaching at that point (online learning lab, tests, and quizzes)as well? Am I reading this correctly? A private company? The College Board owns the SAT, AP and SAT subject tests,as well as Clep . AP classes have become the measurement of rigor even in homeschooling circles. I have looked at the syllabi , but I am confused as to why a school or homeschool would limit teaching to that syllabi. My experience is very limited, but for example, I know they do not cover all of the schools of economic thought, as not all of them will be on test. How many other valuable things are not taught for this reason(time is allocated to increasing test scores only)? So, the College Board determines what will be taught in the most rigorous classes (AP), and also the entry tests into college? Some of the elite schools requires further College Board testing..the subject exams? It also publishes the CLEP tests for those students whoses college will give credit for these tests. So College Board in involved in most step of the process. College Board owned tests decide who can get in , and where, and if AP or CLEP credits are accepted, what college classes can be exempted? Doesn't that seem like a lot of power for two corporations to hold? Or is it just me? Help me understand this, as the big picture to me is that we have sold our educational system to two companies.
  9. I thought we could have a thread in which we post links to the FRQs from the 2015 AP tests. That way we can get access to them without any additional waiting and grill our DC on what they missed got right. I'll pull all the links up to this post for easy access. 2015 AP Art History Image-Based MCs and FRQs 2015 AP Biology FRQs 2015 AP Calculus AB FRQs 2015 AP Calculus BC FRQs 2015 AP Chemistry FRQs 2015 AP Chinese Language and Culture FRQs 2015 AP Chinese Audio Prompts 2015 AP Comparative Government and Politics FRQs 2015 AP Computer Science A FRQs I also posted unofficial answers to the 2015 AP Computer Science A FRQs here. 2015 AP English Literature and Composition FRQs 2015 AP English Language and Composition FRQs 2015 AP Environmental Science FRQs 2015 AP European History FRQs 2015 AP French Language and Culture FRQs 2015 AP French Audio Scripts 2015 AP French Audio Prompts 2015 AP German Language and Culture FRQs 2015 AP German Audio Scripts 2015 AP German Audio Prompts 2015 AP Human Geography FRQs 2015 AP Italian Language and Culture FRQs 2015 AP Italian Audio Scripts 2015 AP Italian Audio Prompts 2015 AP Japanese Language and Culture FRQs 2015 AP Japanese Audio Prompts 2015 AP Latin FRQs 2015 AP Macroeconomics FRQs 2015 AP Microeconomics FRQs 2015 AP Music Theory FRQs 2015 AP Music Theory: Sight-Singing FRQs 2015 AP Music Theory Audio Prompts 2015 AP Physics 1: Algebra-based FRQs 2015 AP Physics 2: Algebra-based FRQs 2015 AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism FRQs 2015 AP Physics C: Mechanics FRQs 2015 AP Psychology FRQs 2015 AP Seminar End-of-Course Exam Questions and Sources 2015 AP Spanish Language and Culture FRQs 2015 AP Spanish Audio Scripts 2015 AP Spanish Literature and Culture FRQs 2015 AP Statistics FRQs 2015 AP United States Government and Politics FRQs 2015 AP United States History FRQs 2015 AP World History FRQs
  10. Could someone with some btdt experience give me pointers on doing the course audit for an Advanced Placement course? I have my syllabus written. I've gone through the course description and the scoring criteria. I've marked up the syllabus to point out where it meets the scoring components. I have a College Board Professionals account. But I'm a little stumped on the next step. Do I need to register as an AP supervisor in order to approve the syllabus once uploaded? Is there somewhere to enter my homeschool as the organization?
  11. Aloha all, I teach co-op classes here in Hawaii and will be tackling P/SAT prep soon. So far I've looked through College Prep Genius, Barron's, McGraw-Hill and the College Board materials. Does anyone have a recommendation one way or the other on any of these materials? Thanks so much! Maureen Combes - Currently teaching Latin, IEW Writing, Logic and Rhetoric, and P/SAT prep www.mentatescholars.com
  12. Has anyone joined the so-called AP Teacher Community on the College Board website? Is there a quick and easy way to do this? Are homeschoolers excluded from participating?
  13. The president of College Board has announced changes to the SAT. http://chronicle.com/blogs/headcount/college-board-plans-improved-sat Still light on details but it will be tied more closely to Common Core.
  14. Aloha all, I teach co-op classes here in Hawaii and will be tackling P/SAT prep soon. So far I've looked through College Prep Genius, Barron's, McGraw-Hill and the College Board materials. Does anyone have a recommendation one way or the other on any of these materials? Thanks so much! Maureen Combes - Currently teaching Latin, IEW Writing, Logic and Rhetoric, and P/SAT prep www.mentatescholars.com
  15. I don't remember seeing a thread about this recently. According to an article in Education Week, the newly appointed head of College Board announced that one of his top priorities will be to reshape the SAT to reflect Common Core standards.
  16. Would anyone like to share experiences preparing for the AP English Lit/Comp exam or teaching AP English? Has anyone actually used the new IEW book? Thinking ahead to next year, I'm trying to decide whether to go all-hog and design a curriculum to submit for the course audit -- or to just facilitate a well-planned study group for my 10th grader and some of her friends.
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