Friendswood ISD board votes to eliminate class rank for all but top 10%

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Starting with the 2019-20 school year, Friendswood ISD will no longer be administering a class rank to the whole class.

FISD’s board of trustees had its second and final reading on eliminating class rank June 10. The board unanimously voted to change the board policy on class rank.

The district would still rank the top 10% internally to send to colleges, as is required by state law. Students in the top 10% would also be notified of that certification.

“This is one of the unique things where there is almost unanimous consent in the community. I haven’t heard a negative comment,” board President Tony Hopkins said.

Eliminating class rank will only eliminate comparing kids solely on GPA, said Diane Myers, the assistant superintendent of secondary curriculum and instruction.

“What colleges will be forced to do is look at a holistic view of the child versus just class rank. A strong GPA will be a piece of that holistic review,” Myers said.

More than half of the high schools in the United States no longer report student rankings, according to a presentation from the district.

The option to do away with class rank was first presented to the district in October. The district had the first reading of the item May 13.

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Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She became the editor of the Pearland and Friendswood edition in 2019. She has written about education, health care, transportation, small businesses, development and local government.
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