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Re: Content and Design
I am so disappointed in UIL for going to the seven judge/caption state scoring system. They turned the state contest into a "compulsory" contest. Judges were hired that actually help design and write for the groups that they were judging. Finally, many of the comments given to groups were mainly subjective opinion (in the content and design caption) and less about the student achievement. The seven judge state system also bears little continuity to the region and area scoring and evaluation.
I certainly recognize that the medalists from the 5A state finals contest were the right bands. However, I wonder if the right 12 bands were selected for finals. What I do know for sure is this was the BEST line-up of 5A bands at State that I ever saw.
I wonder if UIL could ever find a system where high/low rank ordinals could be dropped to guard against "bad" and/or biased judge rank scores. Yes, that would mean that UIL would need to start over and rework their seven judge State scoring system.