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 to move 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 be valedictorians 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.