Lewisville ISD trustees to hold workshop to discuss how students should be ranked

Lewisville ISD is considering changing how it ranks high school students.

Lewisville ISD is considering changing how it ranks high school students.

Throughout the state, school districts, including Lewisville ISD, are discussing how high school students should be ranked academically. At Monday's meeting, district staff asked board trustees to consider guiding principles pertaining to class rank.

"This meeting is happening throughout the state," Chief Schools Officer Joseph Coburn said. "It's a hot-button issue for lots of people."

Currently, LISD ranks every student. By state law LISD is required to rank at least the top 10 percent.

"I fundamentally believe we need to remove the 'rank all.' I am open to other options such as the opt-in system," trustee Tracy Scott Miller said.

The district is looking at three choices: keeping the "rank-all" system, ranking only the top 10 percent or using an opt-in/opt-out policy in which students are given a choice in whether they want to be ranked.

"I'm not in favor of ranking all," trustee Jenny Proznik said. "I like the opting system as it gives students a choice and parents a choice."

District staff said Spring Branch ISD currently uses the opting system.

Trustees will have a workshop Oct. 25 pertaining to class rank. Until a long-term solution is established, LISD has chosen to suppress class ranks for students in both the 2020 and 2021 graduating classes.
By Sherelle Black
Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.