ERIC Number: EJ1036537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Class Rank Weighs Down True Learning
Guskey, Thomas R.
Phi Delta Kappan, v95 n6 p15-19 Mar 2014
The process of determining class rank does not help students achieve more or reach higher levels of proficiency. Evidence indicates ranking students may diminish students' motivation. High school educators argue that they are compelled to rank-order graduating students because selective colleges and universities require information about students' class rank as part of the application process. That might have been true in the past but it is not nearly as prevalent today. Educators more concerned with developing talent than with selecting talent should take pride in helping the largest number of students possible meet the rigorous criteria and high standards of excellence. Students will too.
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Grade Point Average, Class Rank, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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