At the January CIT meeting, Dr. Puckett presented a proposal to eliminate the ranking of students at Marple Newtown High School. The rationale behind the elimination of using a class ranking system stems from a movement in secondary education in which schools are no longer ranking their students. This movement has led the administration to utilize an educational committee consisting of teachers, school counselors, administrators, students, and a college admission officer to investigate the potential benefits of moving away from a ranking system.
Relying on data gathered during its investigative phase, the committee has recommended eliminating class rank; however, the high school plans to continue calculating each student’s weighted and unweighted GPA. During the presentation at the CIT meeting, Dr. Puckett fielded questions from members of the school board and the local community. He provided assurance that continued exploration into which local colleges use class rank as a requisite for acceptance. In addition, Dr. Puckett will contact additional local high schools to identify whether or not they rank their students.
Following the CIT meeting, Dr. Puckett presented his recommendation to the PTO and included their questions in his research. He will be making a final recommendation to the board of school directors at the February 21 CIT meeting.
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