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Alexandria likely to end high school rankings

Sunday - 12/9/2012, 6:41pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Alexandria City Public Schools will likely eliminate high school class rankings, joining the area's larger school systems.

The Washington Examiner ( http://bit.ly/VsZq8q) reports the move would toss out valedictorian status in high school in an effort to focus on graduating well-rounded students.

T.C. Williams High School Principal Suzanne Maxey recommended the change. Superintendent Morton Sherman will make the final decision. He says he's "leaning toward" eliminating rankings. He says it's an issue of fairness.

Sherman says rankings discourage students from taking electives that aren't weighted as heavily in grade point averages. Classes like art and band weren't weighted as heavily as honors-level courses.

But students have called for arts and technical electives to be weighted like honors courses.

Schools in Montgomery and Fairfax counties did away with class rankings long ago.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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