Albemarle County Public Schools has decided to stop reporting class rankings to colleges. The decision comes after parents spoke out, worried that reporting class ranks could hurt students as they applied to colleges.
Class rank is just one criterion colleges look for. School officials say this will push them to look closer at other points.
"It's about 50 to 60 percent of the high schools anymore do not report class rank because they feel like if you don't report rank, then college admissions officers have to spend more time looking at a more holistic view of a student,” said Billy Haun, assistant superintendent for Albemarle County Schools.
Most colleges report how many of their accepted students were in the top percent of their high school class because it raises the colleges' national academic ranking. Due to the increase in the number of schools choosing not to report class ranks, however, U.S. News & World Report, a premier college ranking group, has reduced the value of class ranking in determining their selections.
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