Why does class ranking matter? According to the CCISD Board of Trustees, who cares?
The CCISD Board of Trustees hasn’t completely removed class rankings, but it has begun the first step to hide them from students. On Monday, April 22, the Board voted unanimously to change CCISD policy to hide class rankings from high school freshman and sophomores until the end of the school year. This was Consent Agenda Item #30, Consider Approval of EIC(LOCAL): Academic Achievement – Class Ranking – FIRST READING.
The CCISD Policy Committee apparently recommended that class rankings be hidden until the end of the semester for freshman and sophomores. This Policy Committee met on April 3, 2019. However, CCISD’s website does not list a “Policy Committee,” and it appears that CCISD committees are all appointed by the Board of Trustees. So basically, this top-secret committee is stacked with CCISD Board sock puppets.
Class rankings matter. Colleges, particularly large state universities (including Texas A&M), require class rankings. For students with big dreams, not knowing about your class ranking until the end of the year – when you can’t take corrective action – can be incredibly discouraging. Imagine being a sophomore who dreams about going to UT-Austin (which requires class rankings, or a detailed note from your high school as to why they choose not to rank students). But you realize your class ranking is way below what you thought it was at the end of the year. Going into your junior year will be incredibly stressful as you try to take your AP classes and boost your class ranking, which you could have done sophomore year if you knew mid-year that you were slipping.
Class rankings are also used for scholarships. In some cases, kids who don’t know their class ranking, or find out their class ranking is lower than they thought, could miss out on a scholarship that could mean the difference between attending college – or not.
Make no mistake about it; this is the CCISD Board of Trustees’ first step down the slippery slope to eliminate class rankings. Trustee Dr. Laura DuPont pointed out several school districts that have eliminated class rankings. However, has anyone followed up with the children?
Even the National Association of Secondary School Principals doesn’t outright recommend removing class rankings. Students need this for college applications and for scholarships. It rewards the high-achieving kids. CCISD is moving toward creating a generation of snowflakes instead of achievers.
Class rankings matter. Let students know where they stand.