Class Rank Elimination Moves to Vote

A proposal to scrap the tradition of ranking each member of graduation classes is expected to come for a vote Oct. 27.

The proposed alternative is tomove to a system of cut points for the top 5%, 10% and 20% of students. And they would adopt the Latin honor system that assigns accolades of summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude. There would no longer bevaledictorians or salutatorians.

The board got another briefing on the proposal Monday night.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ashley F. Ellis said the intended benefits of the change include reducing student stress, encouraging course exploration and improving mental health. The proposal reflects a national trend and recognizes that colleges no longer value class rank in their evaluations.

School Board members aren’t lined up behind the change yet. Jeffrey Morse (Dulles), for one, questioned whether the new system would actually reduce student stress and worried the ranking segments would not accurately reflect the performance of some students. He said he hoped to get more input from parents.

4 thoughts on “Class Rank Elimination Moves to Vote

  • 2020-10-22 at 9:45 am
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    Everyone gets a trophy. No sense in preparing students for the stress of the real world.

    • 2020-10-23 at 11:51 am
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      “That’s a fact, Jack!” Bill Murray, “Stripes!”
      My goodness, stress is going to college before computers and having only two copies of a book you need in a library that supports 23,000 students and you don’t live on campus. I am getting a wee bit tired of hearing how tough it is to go to HS and college these days. I’m surprised we are just not handing our diplomas on Day 1.
      The people who really get punished are those students who give a damn and want to make something of themselves and they are held down by this lowest common denominator form of education we have here in LoCo.

  • 2020-10-22 at 11:07 am
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    “Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ashley F. Ellis said the intended benefits of the change include reducing student stress, encouraging course exploration and improving mental health. ” Says the system which is inflicting unneeded pain and stress on students and parents for political gain.

  • 2020-10-22 at 1:23 pm
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    Ellis is just as out of touch as Williams when it comes to Loudoun education.

    Does anyone on the Board have the knee caps to stand up for our students or will they rubber stamp this ridiculous proposal?

    We are trying to prepare out kids to enter adult life where not everyone gets the proverbial trophy for just showing up.

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