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Albemarle Discusses Issues with Student Class Rankings

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Albemarle County school officials are considering whether or not to stop reporting their students' class rankings to colleges. The discussion comes after several parents spoke out against the policy.

An Albemarle County student is currently compared on a decile ranking scale against other students in the same school. But some parents are worried that reporting class ranks could hurt students as they apply to colleges.

Those voicing concerns say the practice could put any student below the top 10 percent - or top decile - at a disadvantage.

The Albemarle County School Board has been reviewing national research on the issue, talked to several college admission offices, and contacted other school divisions across the commonwealth for input.

Albemarle's Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Billy Haun says rank is just one part of the college admissions process.

"What people will say is if you don't report it then it forces them to take a more holistic view of a student's record, rather than just maybe giving them a reason to take a student and put them out of the running for admissions because they are in the second decile," said Haun.  

Albemarle school officials also say the national trend shows more schools are choosing not to report ranks.

The entire issue is part of the school division's program of studies.

The Albemarle School Board will review the program - including whether or not to report rankings - at their next meeting on October 10. The group will vote on the program in November.

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