Vote Coming to Eliminate Class Rankings

May 30, 2006

A suburban Chicago school district may soon eliminate class rankings.

Board members at Naperville Community School District 203 will vote on the issue next month.

Naperville Central High School Principal Jim Caudill says the school has lots of kids who get good grades.

He says that leaves some students with high grade point averages, but less impressive class rankings, out of luck.

"We are concerned with the competitiveness that we have here at Naperville Central - that our students are not getting a fair shake when applying to college," Caudill says.

An admissions officer at the University of Illinois says they like class rankings because many high schools use dramatically different grade point formulas.

She says that removing class rank creates some challenges for the admissions team.