Liberty Hill High School
Important Covid-19 Updates
All ACC Dual Credit Courses being taught on high school campuses will resume on March 30 in an online format for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Students will be permitted (but not required) to convert any Spring 2020 courses to Pass/No Pass grading. Students should continue to check their ACC email for more information and for communication from their professors. Mrs. Twine will continue to communicate through Google Classroom with any information she receives.
ACC Summer 2020 classes will be converted to distance learning. ACC is evaluating and adjusting as needed but this is an evolving situation and subject to change.
P/NP Requests: ACC has released information on how students will apply for P or NP credit. It will be a form available only through their student online services, released after the end of the term. Here are the details:
ACC instructors will submit a final letter grade for all students for spring semester by Wednesday, May 20, 2020 . Once final grades are available for students to view on ACC online services (May 22, 2020), students will have the opportunity to change each or all class grades from the grade earned to a P or NP. Grades of A, B, C can be changed to an ACC grade of P and grades of D & F can be changed to an ACC grade of NP. Students can request this change using their secure ACC online account between Monday, May 25 - Friday May 29, 2020. After May 29th, ACC will update all spring records and have final official transcripts for spring semester the following week.
An ACC grade of A, B, C, P will fulfill ACC course prerequisite and ACC credential and requirements. ACC grade of D, F, or NP will not fulfill ACC course prerequisite or ACC credential requirements. An ACC P or NP will not calculate into the ACC gpa, but will be factored into completion ratio. <---(this information is new ) Please keep in mind, unless a students overall completion ratio is less than 67% at the time of high school graduation, it will have no impact on the students ability to be eligible for future financial aid. For graduating students who have less than an 67% completion ratio as a result of spring 2020, please refer them to an ACC Advising and Completion Coordinator to discuss an appeal.
The ACC P/NP policy is valid for spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters due to the moving to 100% online instruction as a result of COVID-19
Our ACC Advisor, Trinity Bouldwin, will host a Zoom meeting to help walk you through the P/NP Request process and answer questions on May 26 at 12:30. I will send the Zoom link as we get closer to the date. This is an optional meeting, but we wanted to be there for you if you need us! Please reach out to her if you have any questions about Pass/No Pass until then: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pass Credit Option
OnRamps has added an option for students to accept a credit (CR) in lieu of a letter grade at the end of the semester. This option will only be available during the Spring 2020 semester for courses impacted by COVID-19 cancellations.
- Allows students to retain transcripted college credit without a letter grade.
- Students may select this option during the UT Austin OnRamps Credit Decision period
UT On Ramps CR credits:
- Do not fulfill core curriculum requirements at UT Austin
- Do not factor into GPA at UT Austin
- May not transfer to other public universities in Austin
- May not fulfill prerequisite requirements
Students should consult any college or university they may attend to determine its policies about CR credit transfers.
Students can choose to accept letter grade, accept pass credit (CR), or decline credit through the student portal.
UT Austin OnRamps Credit Decision Period is Saturday, May 16 - Friday, May 29. Transcripts will be available June 15.
- Considered cell phone with wifi as a minimum technology tool
- All exams can be complete with a cell phone on Canvas; most exams are multiple choice
- Rhetoric and Lab courses will accept electronic submissions or neatly handwritten work in the Canvas college course
Students will be required to complete an Honor Statement when completing an assessment remotely.
Syllabus Updates and Changes:
By Friday, April 3, OnRamps HS instructors and students will receive:
- Updated course syllabi with new college due dates
- Revised college assessment plans
What does NOT change?
- Students can request accommodations and extensions as needed
- Academic Integrity
Direct Student Communication from UT
OnRamps will be sending out direct communications to students at least on a weekly basis via Canvas email and announcements
- Instructors will receive courtesy copies of all group communications from course staff on a regular basis.
Students should seek support through:
- College Canvas Course
- OnRamps Support
- Text or Call 512-265-2515
- Email email@example.com
- Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.
- Exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
- Any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.
- Exams will be given from May 11-22.
- Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1-5.
- Students can take exams at home or in schools, if they reopen.
- Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
- See below for exam schedule
Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
- Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to - computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.
- For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
- Certain courses - Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar - will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.
- Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We’ll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.
- AP Exam Demo: AP students should use the clickable exam demo to practice the different ways to submit their exam responses. The demo will help students confirm that their testing device will be able to access and run the online exam. If they can’t access the demo, the final slide of the Testing Guide can help them troubleshoot. The sample content in the demo will be the same for all users and isn't a practice exam.
Information for AP Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams:
- The above exams will be administered using a new dedicated app, the AP World Languages Exam App. Students taking these exams must use this app on smartphones or tablets. This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. We’ll email students and their teachers to let them know when the app is available to download. Visit our site for more details.
- A video walk-through of the test-taking experience will be available the week of May 4.
- Details on accommodations for the above exams are also now available.
- If students are unsure about accessing the app, or if they don’t have a device, they can fill out this survey (or you can complete it on their behalf) as soon as possible so we can help support them..
Test Day Resources
- 2020 AP Testing Guide: The guide provides information about:
- The AP Exam e-ticket
- Five steps to take before test day
- Understanding the test day experience
- Exam scores, credit, and placement
- 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist: Students should complete this checklist for each exam they take and keep it next to them while testing.
- Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give students quick, easily accessible information about their test day experience, what they need to do to prepare, exam security, and more. Explore the playlist.
Extended Time Accommodations
Extended time is applied only on the AP Exams that correspond to the type of extended time a student is approved for through College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).
Because the exam is shorter and the system students will use is new, all students approved for extended time will receive online AP Exams enabled with 100% extended time. This will automatically appear on the timer within the exam(s) for all students approved for extended time.
- For one-question exams, students will receive 100 minutes to craft, attach/paste, and submit their response.
- For two-question exams, students will receive 60 minutes to craft, attach/paste, and submit their response to the first question, and then 40 minutes to craft, attach/paste, and submit their response to the second question.
Please be aware of the following:
- Students don't need to use the full time provided to write their responses, and they can submit their responses whenever they're ready to do so during the exam. Spending more time than necessary on a response is unlikely to provide any score benefits.
- For exams with two questions, the second question won't appear until the 60 minutes for the first question has elapsed. Students shouldn't refresh their browser—they should simply wait until the timer runs out and the next question appears.
- The extended time includes 10 minutes to attach/paste the response and click Submit. However, students will only receive an onscreen reminder to submit their response when there are 5 minutes remaining. Therefore, if a student thinks they'll need more than 5 minutes to attach/paste and submit their response, they shouldn't wait for the onscreen reminder to start the submission process.
- Exception: If a student is approved for extended time in listening or speaking and is taking a spoken AP world language and culture exam, they'll receive the approved amount of extended time—50% or 100%—to prepare their responses for each task, as follows:
- French, German, Italian, and Spanish Language and Culture—For 50% extended time: For Task 1 students have 3 minutes total to prepare for the conversation, and for Task 2 they have 13 minutes total to prepare for the presentation. For 100% extended time: For Task 1 students have 5 minutes total to prepare for the conversation, and for Task 2 they have 22 minutes total to prepare for the presentation.
On Thursday, May 7, College Board emailed information in error about extended time on AP® Exams students at LHHS. On May 9, they emailed corrections to these students and their parents. Please be assured that students who are taking AP Exams and are approved for extended time will automatically receive extended time on applicable AP Exams. Note: students taking spoken AP world language and culture exams will only receive extended time if they're approved for extended time for listening and/or speaking.
Important Makeup Exam Information:
- All AP exams offer a June makeup date. Please see the dates below.
- If you have a conflict in May and don’t use your May e-ticket, you'll automatically receive a June e-ticket for that exam.
- You'll also be able to request an e-ticket for June makeup dates if you have any disruption during your May exam.
- You'll receive your makeup e-ticket two days before your exam.
- There are no more additional makeup exam dates after June 1 - 5, so test in May if at all possible.
Requesting a Makeup Exam:
- If you have any issue on exam day that prevents you from testing successfully, you’ll be directed to an online AP Makeup Testing Request Form where you can describe what happened and request an e-ticket for a June makeup exam.
- You can also access the form at cb.org/requestmakeup
- You must have your original e-ticket when filling out the form.
- Submit the form within 48 hours of your original exam date.
- The College Board will review your form and send you an email approving or denying the request the week of May 25. If approved, your makeup e-ticket will be sent two days before the makeup test.
- The College Board assures that you will receive approval for any of the following types of issues you encounter, or similar ones: sickness; significant interruptions from family members; battery failures; power outages; technical disruptions. Note: simply running out of time to submit a response on exam day is not a valid reason to request makeup testing. The makeup testing request form is ONLY for students who test in May, encounter issues, and need another opportunity to test. Students that already have known conflicts with the May dates can test in June simply by not using their May e-ticket – they will automatically be issued a June e-ticket.
What Could Go Wrong While I’m Testing?
- If you accidentally close the browser, your device crashes, or you temporarily lose internet access, you can quickly click your exam e-ticket again to return to the exam.
- Continue the exam, and if you feel at the end of the exam that the temporary disruption negatively impacted your performance, you can request approval to take the makeup exam at cb.org/requestmakeup.
- Tip: During the exam, don’t refresh your browser or hit the back arrow.
- Don’t call: Customer service centers won't be open due to the pandemic. If you lost too much time to a technical problem, aren’t able to connect to your exam, or experienced some other serious disruption, you can request a makeup exam.
Exam Scores and College Credit
As usual, students’ work will be scored by a network of college faculty and AP teachers, and will be reported on a 1-5 scale. Scores should be as close to the usual July timeframe as possible.
This year’s AP exams will be open book/open note. The exam format and questions are being designed specifically for an at-home administration, so points will not be earned from content that can be found in textbooks or online. However, students taking the exams may not consult with any other individuals during the test period.
For the small number of students who may try to gain an unfair advantage, College Board has a comprehensive and strict set of protocols to prevent and detect cheating. While some of these practices are confidential to maximize their effectiveness, more can be learned at this link: security measures.
Test takers should understand that cheating will cause them to be blocked from testing or their AP scores will be canceled and their high school will be notified as will colleges to which the student has already sent College Board scores. They also may be prohibited from taking future AP Exams as well as the SAT.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:
- Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
- Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
- Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.
- Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course.
Online AP Classes and Review Sessions prep week: The week before exams, online AP classes will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.
Khan Academy is also providing great resources for AP Courses and Exams.
AP Makeup Exams
The College Board has canceled all administrations of the SAT and SAT Subject Tests as planned through June, which means the June 6, 2020 administration has officially been canceled.
The College Board added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons will be on September 27.
Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, they are also preparing to significantly expand their capacity.
They will only move forward with the administrations if it's safe to do so from a public health standpoint.
Theh College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.
For each administration, they are preparing to significantly expand the capacity for students to take the SAT when schools reopen. They are calling on member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to open their doors and provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to can take the SAT.
In the meantime, use this time to study for the SAT using Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/sat). It's a great program and free!
More Than a Teacher Seminars are a free service offered to parents and students to provide valuable information about the SAT, ACT, and college preparation process. Please select the seminar you are interested in by location and date, then fill out the form to reserve your spot!
ACT, Inc. rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT with instructions on rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. The most current information regarding ACT administrations can be found on their COVID-19 website.
Virtual resources for students include ACT Academy, a free online classroom with personalized practice, and ACT Online Prep, a highly targeted ACT preparatory program that students can now access at a reduced price of $9.98/person.
7 PM - 8:30 PM ET
Studying for the ACT:
How to Stay Motivated
Livestream at these times:
7 PM - 8:30 PM ET
1 PM - 2:30 PM ET
ACT Prep Class
2 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Mrs. Twine can administer the TSI remotely using Zoom! Please following the steps below in order to sign up for the TSI:
- Complete the pre-assessment (Required by the state before you are allowed to take the TSI) - You only have to take this once!
- Send Mrs. Twine (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email to let her know you completed the pre-assessment and are ready to schedule an appointment. There is no need to print out "receipt" of completion. She is able to see who all completed it.
- Mrs. Twine will send you a link to the available times and dates to take the test.
- While you wait for your appointment, prepare for the TSI using the materials on the TSI Website.
Not sure if you need to take the TSI? Email Mrs. Twine! She is happy to help.
June 4th is the LAST day to test through LHHS until August.