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Sunday, April 24, 2011


A Walker

At first glance I thought this was a great thing. My child is not top 10 but does take AP and ECP classes, so I thought this was going to benefit her greatly. I contacted the college she would like to attend and found out that it can really go against her. With class rank, they look at that and her ACT scores to determine entrance. Without class rank, the application goes under immediate review resulting many times in a much slower response time. It will also penalize those who don't do well on the SAT/ACT tests.
I do not think this is a good thing to do at all.

Bob King

I could not disagree more.

Bit by bit we are removing competition from our high schools. In this drive to convince ourselves that all of our babies are special, we are removing the incentives to compete and achieve something. And in the long run, this does not do our kids any favors.

The bunching of GPAs at the schools is not an indicator of unfairness -- it's an indicator of grade inflation! Stratford this year has something like 35 valedictorians. 35! It's absurd on so many levels. Once a kid is on the "valedictorian track", it takes an enormous amount of courage for any teacher to give them a B and knock them off the pedestal. So guess what? They usually don't. That's where the grade inflation is coming from.

My son is one of those 35 this year -- but he knows he's not the true valedictorian, and he feels it's a crime that the TRUE VALEDICTORIAN is not being recognized by the school. Stratford has the data, but refuses to crunch it so that they can continue to pretend there are 35 co-equal valedictorians.

As a result, our son has no idea whether he's #2, #10, or #35 in the class. It's ridiculous. And he deserves to know.

And if a kid is 240th out of 500, he or she should know that, also. It's an incentive to continue to perform in the classroom all four years.

So, let's recap. We have four football teams in each district that go to the playoffs. We have 35 valedictorians. And now we're getting rid of class rank altogether. Outcome-based education concepts, all of them. No doubt there are countless more examples of this kind of thinking. High school is becoming the equivalent of Fun Fair Positive Soccer.

To dismantle class rank because some some affluent parents don't like their baby's results is a real commentary on what's happened to the world. And this notion, lurking unspoken beneath the surface, that our kids somehow have a right to attend UT or A&M because their parents did is what's truly fueling this. (Note to parents: any kid in the top 25% can get an automatic admit with a high enough SAT score. So stop griping about the fairness of the top 10% rule.)

We don't do these kids a favor by raising them in an environment with reduced competition. They will be entering a job market that is going to be ruthless, and my greatest fear is that this generation of parents have not prepared them adequately for what they are going to face.


Eliminating class rank beyond 10% will only help everyone. It would be great for people who have a straight A average yet are not top 25% at MHS and SHS.

Terry Rooney

Thank you for bringing attention to this. Until reading this information I hadn't considered that doing away with the ranking was an option. Except for the exceptional students fortunate enough to make the top, it is a de-motivator for students. You have my support.

Buy Essay

Yeah I agree with you that class rank is really causing damage to students.

Charles Breaux

This sounds good on the surface, but I am not convinced that it has merit. Competition is part of the process that conditions students and prepares them for the university or work beyond HS. As a retired military officer, I can assure you that the military still depends very greatly on ranking of personnel during evaluations. Has anyone thought of the motivation generated by students who do wish to compete? Perhaps ranking is a true motivator, and without it students might approach their studies passively. This reminds me of the self-esteem issues propagated some years ago that blended everyone into a mediocre herd.

Keith Little

Mike - Thank you for posting all the documents reviewed by the task force. It would be great if the District would routinely post such documents from its task forces and also to provide community updates on the progress of such task forces and the Board's deliberations on the related subjects.

Kris Vallee

I support eliminating class rank. My daughter is an SHS class of 2012 prospective grad. Thank you!

Janet Kelly

I agree. Eliminating class rank beyond the top 10% is a fabulous idea - wholeheartedly support this move in SBISD.

Antoinette Beale

It appears that eliminating class rank is in the best interest of the students. Please proceed! My daughter is in the 2012 Class of Stratford High School.

Thank you!

Ken Arthur

Eliminating class rank will mitigate some of the unfairness that the 10% rule has caused for students attending schools with high academic achievement.

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