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Posted on: Oct 1 2018, 07:59 PM


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QUOTE (Lab @ Oct 1 2018, 07:31 PM) *
I think this is a ridiculous way to make tests "more difficult". Art, Econ, and Science especially are tests those top scorers usually finish with 10+ minutes left anyway. Adding 5 questions will probably do nothing. It will just make looking at scores really confusing when we see a tie for Science gold with a score of 981.8, which is just strange.

“Math scores are a problem because decimals. Let’s now make an extra 3 subjects have decimals, but this time without a convenient pattern.”
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Posted on: Sep 27 2018, 12:34 AM


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As far as math goes, this is extremely frustrating to me. Rather than fixing the actual issue by just making the tests’ questions more difficult, they’re instead attempting to arbitrarily increase difficulty by making the test significantly longer. Not only does this not really solve the issue of tests being too easy (and thus too many ties at the top end), but it’s actually going to worsen the problem in my opinion. Due to the test being even longer, they’re going to be forced to continue to be very light on the difficulty of these tests, as a truly difficult math test is simply too long to be able to score well on with 45 questions (outside of the best/fastest math kids, and even then). So test difficulty won’t change by any noticeable amount to the types who’d be medalling anyways, so we’re going to be dealing with the same number of ties, but now with slightly higher scores since each missed question is less of a penalty now. As Sebastian himself put it, “Look at 2011 and tell me there aren’t enough questions”. Since 2016, and maybe even earlier, math is just getting easier and easier, and they’re approaching “fixing” it in an absolutely dreadful way.
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Posted on: Aug 17 2018, 05:52 PM


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QUOTE (nixonotis @ Aug 17 2018, 06:36 PM) *
Hah! I need to start saying it more. It's in one of the early podcasts...

But no, it's Sih-NO-Dis (emphasis in the middle, and it's a short "i" at the beginning). Where's tindefacto to school us all on linguistics...

Who needs linguistics? tongue.gif I finally understand how to say your name! We should find a way to pin this message so everybody knows xD
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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ Aug 15 2018, 01:26 AM) *
Another video today! This time it's about studying both as an individual and as a program- active recall, active studying, and spaced repetition. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Glad to see that I'm not the only one who has a tendency toward saying Nick's name wrong (swapping the vowels in the last name) smile.gif

It has been this way my whole life tongue.gif My username here is an easy way to remember how to pronounce my name smile.gif

It's not pronounced like Sigh-No-Diss? None of us will ever get it right, I swear tongue.gif
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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ Aug 15 2018, 01:26 AM) *
Another video today! This time it's about studying both as an individual and as a program- active recall, active studying, and spaced repetition. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Glad to see that I'm not the only one who has a tendency toward saying Nick's name wrong (swapping the vowels in the last name) smile.gif
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Posted on: Jun 9 2018, 05:27 PM


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QUOTE (Scholastic Underdog @ Jun 6 2018, 05:57 PM) *
Hey everyone! As anybody with experience on DDT can attest to, there are always a lot of really long dead periods on the board, most especially during the summer. Due to this, I wanted to get some conversations going, and I figured summer progress and team goals is a great place to start! For Morton, this year is definitely being handled differently than last year, as I learned a lot about trusting kids when they say they’re reading (without being the official coach in-class, I miss out on a lot of the proof I’d be able to see in there). As such, this summer’s focus is just going to be on making sure everybody is actually reading. High hopes for the season, but I’m staying quiet until I see the proof in the pudding smile.gif

How’s everyone else doing? Making good progress? Anybody have amazing/awful recruitment periods this year? Let us know!


I have a ton of plans over the summer, and I'm hoping they actually work! I think the guides (for the most part) are pretty interesting, and I'm really looking forward to this year! I'd like to say that this summer is shaping up to be better and more productive for both me and my team than last year, but it's a bit early to tell! I think the people we recruited this year are all great people, and the team seems to be bonding already, which is important (for me, at least). Granted, the summer just started (It hasn't even been a week yet), so there's a high chance that I'm being far too optimistic. XD

Recruitment is going better than last year, which is good! (I mean, last year, we had to recruit a new varsity two days before region, so almost anything is better!)

Besides that, it's extremely hard to tell how we're going to perform this year, but I'm hoping that the summer goes well!

Any chance y'all will have the depth to support your utterly insane honors division? I've so badly been wanting to see Wakeland stand with the best teams, as last year you and Labiba showed just how much your team is capable of! My H1 from last year (one of the 9k sophomores) is gunning for you, and I can't wait for the season to start! smile.gif
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Posted on: Jun 6 2018, 10:57 PM


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Hey everyone! As anybody with experience on DDT can attest to, there are always a lot of really long dead periods on the board, most especially during the summer. Due to this, I wanted to get some conversations going, and I figured summer progress and team goals is a great place to start! For Morton, this year is definitely being handled differently than last year, as I learned a lot about trusting kids when they say they’re reading (without being the official coach in-class, I miss out on a lot of the proof I’d be able to see in there). As such, this summer’s focus is just going to be on making sure everybody is actually reading. High hopes for the season, but I’m staying quiet until I see the proof in the pudding smile.gif

How’s everyone else doing? Making good progress? Anybody have amazing/awful recruitment periods this year? Let us know!
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Posted on: May 23 2018, 02:09 AM


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QUOTE (Peter Cao @ May 23 2018, 01:21 AM) *
How about a Discord Chat, there can be separate "channels" (basically subchats) for like decathlon, coaching, and the different subjects. Just asking for what you guys think.
Here's the link: https://discordapp.com/

This is an awesome idea. Has a mobile app, provides the ability to create as many channels as we want, allows us to restrict access to certain channels if so desired, and even allows for the use of audio/video calls for anything we want to use it for
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 10:46 PM


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A special congratulations to Siddharth Kunche of Granada Hills for taking my E-nats scholastic score record... curse that broken calculator back in the day. Amazing job smile.gif
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 10:43 PM


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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ May 1 2018, 12:23 PM) *
I'm not saying you do the room thing with essay, just speech and interview. The essay rubric needs its own rework.

In that case, absolutely agree with you, then. Especially for the essay rubric... ugh
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 10:42 PM


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Dies Irae again? I loved that song back when we had it a few years back, but the fact that they’re repeating it is... interesting to me.
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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 09:47 PM


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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ Apr 30 2018, 07:24 PM) *
QUOTE (zzzptm @ Apr 30 2018, 01:28 PM) *
Judge training is difficult, at best. You'll always have judges that showed up late because of their schedule, last-minute replacements, and the like. That's just how these events are put together.

That then means you also get judges that are grading like they really don't care at all about what they're doing. There should be a way to simply drop those judges' scores if they're going like... straight 2s except for one kid that gets 10s. Or straight 10s except for one kid that gets 2s. We don't need Santa Claus or The Grinch in as judges. We need people that are putting some thought into this.


I think the essay idea of taking the two closest is a better option. If someone is too bubbly about everything, then all their scores are gone. If someone doesn't want to be there, then all of theirs are gone. I also think ranking each room from a max of 1,000 (top scorer gets that automatically), then scaling down from there would really balance out a lot of those problems. Would it boost scores? Of course, but a)USAD wants to do that anyways, and cool.gif it would make things way more equitable between rooms. How many overall individual medals have been decided by being in the wrong or right subs room?

Speaking from the experience of both judging and training for essay, I feel that there are a lot of enormous flaws in the event at almost every level. What you suggest, the top-score-gets-1,000-then-scale idea can work, but there are issues with it as well. For instance, at Region VII this past season, there was one essay topic (I don’t recall which) that didn’t have a single truly great essay—there were plenty of 600-700 scores, but practically nobody above that level. I personally have an issue with the top of that pool being given the same score as, say, Achutha, whose essay was truly astonishingly strong. Beyond that, essay judging isn’t done the same as speech and interview, with there being separate rooms, or even separate groups. We generally separated the essays into three groups (one for each topic) and separated into three groups ourselves, with group sizes generally correlating to the size of the stack of essays for each topic. However, due to variations in grading speed, along with the relatively common need for a 3rd reader (it happened a looooot at Region VII this year and last), which judges graded which essays varied constantly and there was practically no consistency in it. As such, denoting what the different “rooms” would be from which to build the 1,000-then-scale stuff would be very hard to do.

Please don’t take this as a dismissal of your ideas, though—I do really and truly like your ideas and they’d certainly be better than what USAD is doing right now. I just want the problems to be discussed and fleshed out, that way proper solutions can be worked on in such a way that these proposed changes are justifiable in most every way... something USAD clearly never did with practically any of their policies.
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