Some LI school districts consider scrapping class ranking system

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Some school districts on Long Island are considering scrapping the class ranking systems for college placement – saying it hurts more than it helps.

Some administrators say eliminating class rankings will give a better shot for seniors to get scholarships and into colleges.

Former school guidance counselor Gwyeth Smith says it will halt comparisons if top students are only separated by a few hundredths of a grade point.

"Where you have hundredths of a point that may be separating one youngster from another, it makes no sense to say one is better than the other," says Smith. 

Westhampton Beach Superintendent Michael Radday said in a statement, "Roughly half of all high schools no longer rank. As a result, the landscape of college admissions has evolved. We want to make sure that our policies are working in favor of our students, rather than placing them at a disadvantage as they apply to college." 

Some parents say getting rid of class rankings doesn't make sense to them.

"We always tell our children to work hard, do the best you can," says John Kern, a parent in Westhampton Beach. "If these children actually worked hard and achieved a high class rank, why would we take that away from them?"

College admissions officers have reported that about half of the high schools on Long Island have dropped student ranking.

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