Lewisville ISD trustees discuss student ranking policy Nov. 13

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At Monday’s Lewisville ISD board meeting, trustees discussed changing the current policy of ranking every student academically by GPA to only ranking the top 10 percent of each class and giving students who are not in the top 10 percent a choice to opt in or opt out of being ranked.

Chief Schools Officer Joseph Coburn presented trustees with a potential timeline to implement the new policy.

The timeline presented is as follows:
2018-19: create a playbook with drilled-down admissions requirements and practices from colleges and universities;
2019-20: counselor and staff training, implement parent education components; and
2020-21: first cohort implementation, which coincides with GPA

Ranks would first be released at the conclusion of the student’s sophomore year.
Coburn said students ranking above the 40th percentile typically choose to opt in, and those below the 40th percentile choose to opt out.

Trustees Jenny Proznik, Tracy Scott Miller and Kristi Hassett verbally expressed their disappointment with the implementation plan.

“I’m disappointed in the timeline,” Proznik said. “I think this is good for kids, and when something is good for kids it doesn’t do any good to delay. It’s too late for the class of 2018, and I don’t want to kick it down another year. We need to implement this next year.”

Miller said he is “not sure why students need to be left behind another year” and he “can’t approve delaying this new policy for several years.”

Staff said the reason for wanting to implement this over several years is to give students and parents a chance to be educated on the benefits and disadvantages to opting in or opting out.

“I think this is over-engineered,” Miller said. “There is a responsibility that counselors will have, but I think it’s a simple conversation.”

Board President Angie Cox said she sees the benefit in waiting.

“I know what happens when you push things out the barn,” she said. “I’m all for an implementation plan.”

“We just want to make sure it’s a good rollout. We will ultimately do what the board wants,” Superintendent Kevin Rogers said.

Trustees will make a decision on the how to implement the change in ranking students at its December board meeting.

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  1. Concerned parent

    Why would we implement an opt-out policy in the first place? Yes, by all means aim low, you can always opt-out. It certainly removes the motivation to excel. Such a policy promotes mediocrity, and helps continue the dumbing down of our society, without anyone being “hurt” or embarrassed by poor grades. Great way to prepare our kids for the real world. “Gee, I don’t understand why my boss fired me”. There is a reason that colleges/universities ask for your class rank, when applying for admission. Not everyone is supposed to get a trophy for just showing up.

  2. This has to be one of the most asinine ideas that I’ve heard come out of a school board yet. Why even have our children go to school? Why not just give everyone a an “A” grade and hand them a diploma?
    I think back to when I went to school. We didn’t have all of this nonsense debated and policy changes. And yet it all seemed to work out just fine.
    Why do we elect trustees when we can’t “trust” them to teach our children? Or is it that their children aren’t smart enough so they don’t want them ranked?

  3. I graduated from high school many years ago, and we did not know our class rank. It’s something you had to go ask your counselor to give you. Reporting class rank systematically adds more competition and more stress, on our overly stressed out super achievers.

    For parents of children who strive their best, and will always be in the bottom 40%… or bottom 1%, it’s like a slap in the face every time they get a report card. motivation to learn, to do your best, should be INTERNAL. We should love to learn, love to read, strive to help one another learn. See how much better our students will be prepared for the real world, the real workplace, if they learn to help one another do their jobs better rather than compete to be the best and leave the others behind.

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