Reinstate Class Rank for Alhambra Unified School District Class of 2021/2022

Reinstate Class Rank for Alhambra Unified School District Class of 2021/2022

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Caddie Yu started this petition to Alhambra Unified School District

"Beginning with the graduating class of 2021, schools will no longer recognize a valedictorian(s) and salutatorian(s) but will instead implement the following system to acknowledge superior academic achievement for all qualifying students."

As of June 23, 2020, there have been changes made to how the Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD) will honor superior academic achievements. On March 10, 2020, the AUSD Board of Education adopted a revised Board Policy BP 5127 to ensure all students who achieve certain academic standards are recognized at their graduation ceremony.

Class rank is a measure of how a student's academic performance compares to other students in their class. Class rank is one criteria colleges use to determine an applicant's academic abilities. It is illogical to remove class rank for the class of 2021 and 2022, who have already completed more than half of their high school years. With the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, the class of 2021 is put at an disadvantage as it is one less thing to put on college applications, in addition to the loss of the SAT/ACT standardized testing. Elimination of class rank would only place greater emphasis on other numbers of measurement, such as standardized test scores, AP scores, and grades.

Students who involved in extracurricular activities, including sports and clubs, are recognized and awarded. Students who demonstrate "good behavior" are rewarded. So why do we not award students who excelled in their academics in their high school journey? We need to give students credit where it's due. 

Letter to AUSD Parents and Students from Superintendent Denise Jaramillo 6/23/2020: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XwG8By3t_vkyMfP_WvT6S_spoFRA3bB4/view?usp=sharing

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