ERIC Number: ED208600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Rank-in-Class--Another Look at the Guidelines.
Curriculum Report, v11 n1 Oct 1981
To discover whether high schools and colleges were following the 1971 guidelines on the use of rank in class (RIC) in college admissions decisions, the National Association of Secondary School Principals surveyed 257 public and private secondary schools and 126 public and private colleges across the nation. The survey questionnaire sought data on school practices relative to the RIC guidelines, the need for new guidelines, preferences for RICs or grade point averages, the role of RICs in admissions decisions, the form of reporting RICs, and both the proportion of courses and students counted and the weighting of different courses in computing RICs. The results show that no new guidelines are needed, that the present guidelines are being used, that RICs are still popular in admissions decision-making, that most schools count all students and courses in computing RICs, that many assign higher weights to the more academic courses in figuring a student's RIC, and that most schools prefer the traditional method of reporting RIC. A list of the twelve 1971 guidelines is attached. (RW)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Class Rank, College Admission, Guidelines, Higher Education, National Surveys, Secondary Education, Tables (Data)
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($0.50; quantity discounts; payment must accompany orders of $15 or less).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.