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madcap
Posted on: Feb 12 2018, 06:33 AM


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QUOTE (schwartzy18 @ Feb 11 2018, 11:28 PM) *
First time El Camino won regionals since 2004.


They last won in 2009 but itís still a long time.
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madcap
Posted on: Feb 12 2018, 03:15 AM


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Abuelo, terrific to hear from you! smile.gif Yes, you should be proud!

The LA Times article on LAUSD is finally out. It includes some moving quotes from the top scorer. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-l...0211-story.html

Kudos to all of these teams! What an odyssey of learning.
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madcap
Posted on: Jan 23 2018, 08:14 PM


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QUOTE (zzzptm @ Dec 23 2017, 06:17 PM) *
They'll also have content flavor packs that you can install on your decathletes to give them distinctive period costumes.


Burbank in California is ahead of us! They all wore Darth Vader costumes in 2012 for the Age of Empire theme; they were pilots for the 2014 WWI theme, and what were some of their other recent costumes?
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Posted on: Jan 23 2018, 08:12 PM


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QUOTE (Joe M @ Jan 22 2018, 05:48 PM) *
Hello everyone! I am a senior decathlete from Nebraska. This is my second year in academic decathlon- last year I was in the scholastic division but this year I am in honors. We just had regionals on Saturday, and I am very excited for state next month!


Welcome to DDT! I competed in Nebraska too, in 2007-2009! biggrin.gif Except I went backwards. I was a Honors and then a Scholastic. I wish I had a photo of my coach doing that third pose zzzptm put out. Haha!
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Posted on: Dec 12 2017, 03:11 AM


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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Dec 11 2017, 06:53 PM) *
QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Dec 11 2017, 07:16 PM) *
It was not a fun day, I will tell you that much. Telling 13 kids you're done is never easy. Especially when many of them were so close.

Definitely the hardest part about having a great team. :/ But a great team you have.

QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Dec 11 2017, 07:16 PM) *
This may be the most info we've had for a round 1 ever. Pretty neat.

I concur! biggrin.gif


I really want to thank Sebastian for his hard work scoremongering, generating these beautiful spreadsheets, and being a key driving force behind the greater AcaDeca transparency as well as preservation of history that we have today! He does all of this on top of his day job, being the Massachusetts Academic Decathlon state director, and just being outstanding! Thank you for "the most info we've had for a round 1 ever"!
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madcap
Posted on: Dec 12 2017, 02:50 AM


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ECR event scores at CDO

Counters only:
Art: 5420
Econ: 5360
LangLit: 5660
Math: 5371.3
Music: 5320
Science: 5300
Social Science: 5400

Top 2 in each event / "Superscored" / LAUSD Regionals Style:
LL 5700, Math 5742.7, SocSci 5420, all other events same as above.
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madcap
Posted on: Dec 11 2017, 04:09 AM


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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Dec 10 2017, 03:07 AM) *
Also, I keep misreading this as like "Hunter Dortch, Sr." and thinking, "How do they know there's gonna be a junior?!" xD


Ahahahaha - I had the same thoughts. biggrin.gif
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madcap
Posted on: Dec 11 2017, 04:07 AM


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QUOTE (JakeLHS @ Dec 10 2017, 10:35 PM) *
QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Dec 11 2017, 04:24 AM) *
QUOTE (madcap @ Dec 10 2017, 10:14 PM) *
There probably is no significant difference between version 1 and version 2 difficulty on the Round 1 tests.

Yeah, after a more in-depth look, I'm leaning toward a similar conclusion, though I do think SS and Art were slightly harder on this version (on v2 compared to v1). Even so, that only accounts for a fairly small difference. For most intents and purposes, I'd say they're about equal.

But ECR had more than a month more time to prepare for this meet and still scored around 2000 points less. You shouldn't be surprised that some people improved, they had a lot of time to do so. We would expect nearly everyone to improve over that time frame on equal tests, when in fact their team did much worse on average. By the same reasoning, you would conclude these tests were about the same difficulty as the easy tests, since half of Lubbock's team improved in the month between tests and our score only dropped a bit over 1000 points. In fact that's an even better argument since we had a (slightly) shorter time gap and a much lower score drop between the easy tests and these than ECR had between Round 1s, but obviously, these were much harder than the easy tests and likewise than the v1 tests.


Possibly. Scores are volatile. Sometimes the hardest-working and best people on the hardest-working and best teams just decrease.
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Posted on: Dec 11 2017, 03:55 AM


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QUOTE (Scholastic Underdog @ Dec 9 2017, 07:12 PM) *
QUOTE (The Evil Dr. Calculus @ Dec 9 2017, 05:50 PM) *
Ten Event Scores:
52,667.0 El Camino Real
47,860.1 Highland Park
43,659.4 Canyon del Oro
43,292.9 Rockwall High School

High Score: Piper Gray, CDO, 9,515,4 ten event, 6,742.9 objective.

Highest score on ECR was a varsity, but they had 3 kids within 20 points of each other, all over 9k.

What the heck, Piper? What a freaking beast!


First non-California Decathlete over 9,500! Congratulations! smile.gif I hope you are very proud!
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Posted on: Dec 11 2017, 02:14 AM


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There probably is no significant difference between version 1 and version 2 difficulty on the Round 1 tests.

* 5 of 9 ECR Decathletes actually increased from version 1 to version 2 despite the team score going down.

* 6 of 9 ECR Decathletes remained within 250 points of their version 1 score, and a 7th was only an outlier because this individual increased 354.1 points from version 1 to version 2.

(The individual scores are now in the endnotes on Round 1/2018 on ADSIC.)

I have medium confidence that test difficulty is similar between Round 1 version 1 and version 2, based on these individual scores, ECR score trends throughout each of the past 11 years, and relative score trends between states (coinciding at Nationals) throughout each of the past 33 years. Data from more than nine individuals (an extremely small sample size, regardless of how good a given program is) would increase my confidence level.
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Posted on: Dec 11 2017, 01:45 AM


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QUOTE (Stanley Tree @ Dec 10 2017, 04:39 PM) *
I think we could add a footnote about v.2 to a reference from v.1. Like have the asterisk thingy, and have the asterisk explain their score. You cannot understand the difference between v1 and v2 and who had it and who didn't anyways, so it doesn't really matter. Those who care to know the different will understand.


I vote for this! It is much cleaner! biggrin.gif I went ahead and put it on ADSIC, keeping ECR on version 1 for consistency with past years' results and other California teams, and adding an endnote with their version 2 scores (team and individual) from the CDO scrimmage. https://acadecscores.gilslotd.com/wiki/Round_1/2018

But please feel free to disagree with me or edit ADSIC yourself! Really, you can! smile.gif See how Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, encourages anybody to edit his user page: "After all, that's what Wikipedia is all about!" -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jimbo_Wales
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Posted on: Dec 10 2017, 08:42 PM


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QUOTE (JakeLHS @ Dec 10 2017, 03:10 PM) *
I'd put both ECR v1 qnd ECR v2 on the wiki so they can be compared both to Cali and Texas schools, which would also make it possible to compare other California shhools to Texas schools and vice versa. Is there any reason not to do that?


I hadn't thought about that. So Round 1/2018 would look like this?

Place School State Score
1 El Camino Real Charter High School California 39,400.0[1]
- El Camino Real Charter High School California 37,642.7[2]
2 Dulles High School Texas 35,662.9
3 South Pasadena High School California 34,980
4 Granada Hills Charter High School California 34,371.5
5 Mark Keppel High School California 34,060.1

(with endnotes 1 and 2 explaining it)

And I guess we would have to do the same for all of the ECR individual scores, meaning you would have two instances each of "ECR H1" / "ECR H2" / etc. cluttering up the individual section, some of whom scored higher on v2, and some of whom scored higher on v1.

We have had people warn us that we need to think about making ADSIC readable, accessible information for parents, supporters, the media, etc. versus turning it into an esoteric "Math Playhouse for the AcaDeca Community" / scoremongers / the select few. At the same time, we want to represent them fairly and this may be the best way to do it.

I would like to hear more thoughts from others if y'all have any opinion.
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madcap
Posted on: Dec 10 2017, 06:16 PM


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QUOTE (JakeLHS @ Dec 10 2017, 12:53 PM) *
Also, which ECR results are going on ADSIC: v1 or v2?


I don't know. What do you think we should do? It's a website run by volunteers like you (yaaay PBS! biggrin.gif).

Some might say that we need test dates and version numbers on the wiki. Some might say that would be really messy with too much information, and that we don't have enough volunteers to keep it updated and consistent, and that we seldom know which version somebody used.

Some might say that it's more fair to show the v1 scores for all of the California teams and the v2 scores for all of the Texas teams, and that it would be unfair to show ECR's v2 scores while showing v1 scores for the rest of the California. Some might say that we should just show the most recent scores whenever we can.
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Posted on: Dec 9 2017, 07:32 PM


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QUOTE (madcap @ Dec 9 2017, 02:27 PM) *
QUOTE (The Evil Dr. Calculus @ Dec 9 2017, 02:22 PM) *
CDO scores in a couple of hours. smile.gif



Ahh! Such suspense! bananalama.gif


I can't wait to see what ECR gets in 10 events. 53,000, anyone?
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Posted on: Dec 9 2017, 07:27 PM


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QUOTE (The Evil Dr. Calculus @ Dec 9 2017, 02:22 PM) *
CDO scores in a couple of hours. smile.gif



Ahh! Such suspense! bananalama.gif
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madcap
Posted on: Dec 7 2017, 05:59 PM


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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Dec 6 2017, 06:36 PM) *
QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Dec 6 2017, 06:11 PM) *
I always thought it would be interesting if a school gets bumped up to 6A or bumped down to 5A based on that .5 student count. Those half-students can be a bear to coach - they never give 100% rolleyes.gif

Posts like this make me really, really wish we had a like button. xD


Ahahahaha! But what does the .5 mean?
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Posted on: Nov 29 2017, 04:39 AM


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QUOTE (ridgepoinths @ Nov 28 2017, 07:39 PM) *
Those Texas snapshot numbers for next year's UIL realignment have already been submitted. You can see the list of reported numbers at this page - https://www.texasfootball.com/snapshot/ We won't know until February what the new UIL cutoff number will be for deciding if a school is 6A or 5A in Texas, but some of the schools that are probably paying close attention to that cutoff number (which was 2150 two years ago) will be Highland Park (2180), Friendswood (2108 - they will almost certainly drop back down to medium for AcDec purposes), and Mansfield Summit (2182). Lebanon Trail submitted a number of 1757.


I clicked that link and got a pop-up for Texas football gifts (no surprise), and was about to close it, but then I saw the the Texas football gift includes "Dave Campbell" merchandise and I got super excited thinking it would be TinDeFacto's godfather (the top Varsity at Nationals/1990!!). Of course it's a different Dave Campbell, but I still got excited. biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Oct 27 2017, 03:19 PM


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QUOTE (fyzics @ Sep 8 2017, 01:14 PM) *
Because Bakersfield is located in Kern County (which is sitting on top of a tremendous amount of oil, just like Harris County) we have a huge connection with Houston in terms of families and friends who have lived in both places. If anyone from Texas is relocating to Bakersfield, please call me at (661)665-2800 or email me at gabriela _ scully@ kernhigh.org (no spaces) and I will do everything I can to make sure you are given the chance to compete in decathlon.

Gaby Scully
Stockdale HS
Bakersfield, CA


Thank you, Gaby! People like you make Decathlon special!
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Posted on: Oct 27 2017, 03:17 PM


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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Oct 23 2017, 10:55 PM) *
some Garza brothers (no relation of mine)


How can you be so sure?
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Posted on: Apr 22 2017, 07:41 PM


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http://usad.org/Home/2017-Preliminary-Nati...Unofficial.aspx
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Posted on: Apr 21 2017, 01:30 AM


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Individual competitors have never received Nationals overall recognition, no matter how much higher they scored than everybody else. See the top varsity last year, for example. He was an individual competitor but did not receive overall recognition.

Does anybody know whether USAD is open to changing that, even if not this year?
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Posted on: Apr 21 2017, 01:16 AM


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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Apr 19 2017, 09:09 PM) *
It'd be cool if Jonathon Marek broke into the top three Honors like Tim You in 2015.


Marek already did this in 2016, as a junior. He was third DI honors last year. Are you thinking it will be harder to do that this year?
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Posted on: Apr 19 2017, 03:49 AM


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QUOTE (TinDefacto @ Apr 16 2017, 03:47 PM) *


Any more predictions? smile.gif
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Posted on: Apr 16 2017, 02:30 AM


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Hooray stats! "Math playhouse for the AcaDeca community!" Looking forward to your commentary! smile.gif Well put about Foster. I enjoy AD history.
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Posted on: Mar 17 2017, 03:44 AM


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Happy 10th birthday, darling ADSIC! I can't believe you're 10!
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