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MCHS class ranks continues to be an issue

Distrcit forming focus groups to come help it come to a conclusion

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

MINOOKA – Whether to make students’ class rank public is an issue Minooka Community High School administrators are still considering.

Principal Darcie Kubinski announced at Thursday’s District 111 School Board meeting that a focus group on the matter is being formed this month.

The aim of the group will be to study and discuss the issue of eliminating or changing the reporting of the district’s ranking system.

Many high schools today are foregoing the class ranking system, saying it will cut down on competition in schools and force colleges to look more closely at the high school students and their achievements.

Others say when colleges do not have a student’s class rank, it makes it more difficult for admissions officials to compare applicants, forcing more weight to be placed on SAT and ACT scores than they would otherwise do.

After months of research and discussion, neighboring Morris Community High School recently decided to eliminate class rank starting with the Class of 2018.

According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, which represents high school guidance counselors and college admissions officers, colleges have been less interested in high school students’ class rank in the past decade, as high schools use different ranking systems that vary school to school.

Many still take rank into consideration; however, for admission as well as scholarship eligibility.

Parents are being sought to participate in the focus group that will meet twice monthly beginning in early February and going through June. The group will be open to those who want to participate.

Details are to be posted on the district’s website.

Also scheduled to be posted on the website by Tuesday is the high school’s 2014-15 school calendar, approved by the board Thursday.

The first day of student attendance will be Aug. 13.

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