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David Schuler

So academically driven students will continue to play the Top Ten class ranking game, while for everyone else in the Other bucket, ignorance is (apparently) bliss.

Karen Sawyer

Not what that's saying at all. It's saying the ones that don't get into the top 10% in Friendswood and similar ISDs are probably put at a disadvantage when applying for colleges because they aren't on the magical list even tho academically they are doing better than lower performing ISD students.

John Cole

I disagree that Friendswood ISD is an academically high performing district. They teach to the Test and not Teach Subjects and/or Students. To this educator, this is not a Rightly Focused Education objective. This method teaches students What to think instead of How to think.

Karen Sawyer

"They teach to the Test and not Teach Subjects and/or Students." - What school district doesn't at this point?

Rusty Schroeder

This is exactly what is wrong with Texas education structure, teaching PC is how I see it. That being said, I have no clue what my district is teaching, we are last in the county with a TEA score of 63. Learning a subject is now googled and memorized, I can only wonder like high school and college is like now. I wonder how professors instruct knowing what the kids have been trained to learn ?

Rusty Schroeder

wonder "what" high school , not "like"

Gary Miller

John. That is what an ISD school is supposed to do. Teach students what to think without teaching how to think. Progressive and socialist teachers are judged on how well they conform to doing this.

Mike Meador

Another PC......[thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown]

Charles Kuebler

All this decision does is reinforce laziness and skating by. "It's too stressful" and "they're afraid of failure"...Whatever happened to teaching resiliency and how to act when you do fail? You know, learning to be an adult. In our lazy society it's all about getting something for nothing. I hope CCISD doesn't follow suit.

David Schuler

First step is elimination of class ranking. Next step is elimination of grades for specific classes. Eventual plan is to have no grades at all so students can focus on the subjects they 'like' to further reduce 'stress'. .Only a matter of time.....

Wayne Holt

“They should get the opportunity to grow throughout high school and find themselves without the fear of failure.”

A logical absurdity. Part of growing is learning how to deal with failure...and perhaps be motivated to either work harder or choose other subjects that engage your talents and capacities more fully.

This sort of nonsense is why young adults find it difficult to accept adversity when they step out into the adult arena. Parents who want to "carpet the world" for their children aren't doing them any favors. They are just teaching them the false lesson that how you feel is more important than what you make of yourself.

Jim Forsythe

What is the responsibly of a ISD? Is to maintain a ranking of the students or is it to help as many as possible to have the opportunity for scholarship money and acceptance to the Universities ?
"According to reports taken from Westlake High School in Eanes ISD, the school saw a 38 percent increase in acceptances to the University of Texas and a 49 percent increase to Texas A&M after eliminating class rank beyond the top 10 percent. Other schools have also seen an increase in the amount of scholarship money students receive after the elimination of class rank. The committee noted none of the school districts which have approved eliminating class rank outside of the top 10 percent have switched back to ranking because of its effectiveness with their students’ success."
In most High Schools a 3.68 (GPA) would have the student placed much higher than the 48th percentile.The only thing that would change with the doing away with raking, is the person with a 3.68 (GPA) would be competing with others that have a 3.68 (GPA) from other ISD.

Carlos Ponce

"....the district would still calculate a student’s grade-point average on a 4-point, 8-point and 100-point scale and then internally determine those who finish in the top 10 percent on the 8-point scale, notifying colleges and providing each of those students with a certificate of where they rank and the total class size, officials said."
"Under the proposal, teachers would notify each class about what the lowest grade-point average in the top 10 percent is so those outside the top 10 percent would know how close they were, officials said."
That looks like RANKING to me.
The entire article is a contradiction. They want to eliminate ranking. Instead they're want to rank the students. Really?[rolleyes]
Throw in some studies, some fancy words, a few statistics and you've gone 360 degrees, completed the circle and wind up where you started.
Shakespeare said it best, "Much ado about nothing".

Jim Forsythe

Friendswood would not release any ranking outside the top ten percent. The top ten percent ranking would be given to colleges and provide each of those students with a certificate of where they rank and the total class size. Out of my class, I have no idea of my ranking and I do not care. Out of over 700 in my class, I can tell you where 2 people placed. One was the valedictorian and the other was number 9.
What advantage does releasing the ranking of those students below the top ten percent have for the students? Not releasing the bottom 90 percent allows as many as possible to have the opportunity for scholarship money, and acceptance to the Universities!
"As part of the committee’s recommendations, the district would still calculate a student’s grade-point average on a 4-point, 8-point and 100-point scale and then internally determine those who finish in the top 10 percent on the 8-point scale, notifying colleges and providing each of those students with a certificate of where they rank and the total class size, officials said.
Each of the students below the top ten percent would only know GPA and not ranking. "Under the proposal, teachers would notify each class about what the lowest grade-point average in the top 10 percent is so those outside the top 10 percent would know how close they were, officials said."

Carlos Ponce

" Out of my class, I have no idea of my ranking and I do not care." is typical outside of the top tier.
"Each of the students below the top ten percent would only know GPA and not ranking," that's all most care about - if at all.

Jim Forsythe

The main reason to have the top 10 percent documented, is the Top 10% Rule.
You may qualify for automatic admission to many public universities in Texas through the Top 10% Rule.
Other than that, most do not care. Friendswood has looked at the ranking system and decided that more of there student would be better served without it.

Carlos Ponce

Rankings will still be in place - as usual they will not appear in public but students will be ranked in the counselor's office. We once had a Hitchcock High School principal who arranged students according to class rank at commencement. The first person to get a diploma was the valedictorian. The last person barely made it. I thought that was wrong. Previously the top ten received diplomas in rank order but the rest received theirs alphabetically. Honor the best and guess the rest.

Gary Miller

Next will be the price list for GPA improvement.

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