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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Indian Prairie School District 204 Moves to Phase Out Class Ranking System

As the education model changes in the United States, many school districts are eliminating class ranking systems, including Indian Prairie School District 204 in Aurora and Naperville.  Awards for valedictorian and salutorians also may be eliminated.

Class rankings, which have become less important for college admissions, often create a competitive situation between students, but don't necessarily reflect success in the long-term.

District 204 is considering whether to eliminate the system immediately or with a gradual phase-out.

With education shifting from priorities of knowing more than another person instead to a collaborative method of knowledge, we strongly urge all school districts to take similar steps.

It's knowledge and ability that count, not rankings or who you are.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Class rankings, which have become less important for college admissions, often create a competitive situation between students"--that's a GOOD thing!

I'm the parent of a WVHS graduate who was ranked #14 in his class. I can tell you that his class rank definitely played a role in his college acceptance, as well as providing motivation for him to succeed academically when many of his classmates were doing just enough to get by.

High school athletes are ranked--why not high school scholars? What's next: getting rid of first, second, and third place at swim meets and Olympic trials?

Our kids need and deserve the motivation that the class ranking system provides. Eliminating this opportunity for student achievement would be a BIG disservice to them, and to our community!

Anonymous said...

This is only following the Great Brittian model where all people are equal. No sports scores, no class ranks nothing....all flat and equal. This is the key to opening our society to the Sharia law of the moslems so that they can get a BETTER foothold on our socitey...you can also see this in CANADA, France, Holland, and much of Europe...beleive me that more than one European is sorry they let these people and ideas into their once stable country. Next it will be Moslem prayers in these schools...just a little at a time in preparation for a complete take over of this county by the EVIL SHARIA promoters. This is the law that allows marrriage to one year olds, women can't drive, stoneing of women for all kind of false ideas, keep their face covered, beheading for all kinds of made up crimes, killing of their female children for trying to assimilate into American Society and male superiority in the socitey in general. Help stop this take over now by voting against all things suggesting that moslems are peace loving...they are not...all you have to do is check the "trouble spots" in the world and see what is going on.

Anonymous said...

Wow, someone's tinfoil hat is a bit too tight today.....

Anonymous said...

With education shifting from priorities of knowing more than another person instead to a collaborative method of knowledge, we strongly urge all school districts to take similar steps.


It's knowledge and ability that count, not rankings or who you are.


Spoken like a true academic failure. And I believe a person's knowledge and abilities play a part in shaping who they are.

Anonymous said...

Hey, why don't we get rid of rankings everywhere? Academic, sports, workplace--just put everyone on the same level?

Open up the Masters golf tournament to the first 100 duffers who sign up.

Have a lottery system to choose who gets to play tennis in the U.S. Open.

Randomly select who represents us in Congress, rather than whoever gets the most votes.

Have all 100+ American Idol finalists sing the victory song together, instead of (heaven forbid!) ranking or eliminating any of them.

Crown all 50 state finalists "Miss America", to avoid having to name winners and runners-up.

The plain fact is, life is full of ranking systems. That's the way things have always been--why shouldn't our high school students be prepared to face the real, adult world?

Anonymous said...

Ranking is just a game. Load your schedule a certain way to protect your class rank. I know parents who had their kids take or drop classes strictly on the basis of whether or not it was an honors class and would pad their gpa. Some know the ins and outs- take PE pass fail so it doesn't "dilute" your gpa- others don't. Universities have figured this out and are much more concerned with what they took and how they did on their ACT's. Sounds like a decision that will save counselors time and hassle from dealing with parents who are trying to work the system.

Anonymous said...

I know parents who "work the system" for their kids in sports, too. Like lying about their kid's birthdate so they can compete in a lower division in tennis or karate. Or making excuses about a kid being home sick from school on a Friday when they're really leaving early for a softball tournament. Some parents (and kids) are just like that.

And in my personal experience (as the parent of two college students), universities are concerned with everything: GPA, class rank, ACT/SAT scores, extracurricular activities, courses taken, job experience, essay, personal interview, etc. I want my son and daughter to be fully prepared to compete and succeed, in high school and beyond.

Anonymous said...

you might as well just make every class pass/fail... whats the point of a 100% scale. It wont matter. the whole idea is crazy. More socialist mindset. And right on to 11:55, the Sharia threat is real. Women should be the most scared.

Anonymous said...

The dolt referencing the tinfoil hat is the same mind set that is curently destroying Europe, Africa,the Far East with the Moslem expansion. Ill bet he votes too.

Anonymous said...

I just hope the mayor isn't in any trouble!

Anonymous said...

The problem with class rank is that it doesn't address the entire class size. Being number 99 out of 100 is different than being 99 out of 1000.