3000 - Educational Program

3450 Class Rankings

Class rankings are one method of measuring academic performance. The board also recognizes other means of evaluating student achievement, including grade point average, courses completed, rigorousness of curriculum, results of tests and assessments, and recommendation letters.

High school principals shall compile class rankings periodically and make the information available to a student, his or her parents or guardians, and other institutions, at the request of the student or his or her parents or guardians. While high school principals shall designate a valedictorian and salutatorian, the board encourages principals, with input from teachers, parents and students, to develop additional means of recognizing academic achievement.

Principals shall ensure that class ranking is computed in a fair and consistent manner as provided in State Board of Education Policy GCS-L-004. The superintendent and principal shall ensure that students and parents receive adequate notice as to how class rank is calculated. All principals must comply with the provisions, including the class rank provisions, of standardized electronic transcript adopted by the State Board of Education. The superintendent or principal shall provide written procedures on how students with equal grades, or grades that may be perceived as equal, will be treated. For purposes of determining the valedictorian and salutatorian, class ranking will be calculated at the end of the last grading period (last student day). Nothing in this policy provides a student with any legal entitlement to a particular class rank or title. Although the student grievance procedure provided in policy 1740/4010, Student and Parent Grievance Procedure, may be utilized to resolve disputes formally, the board encourages parents, students and principals to reach a resolution informally on any matters related to class rank.

Legal References:
G.S. 115C-47, -81, -276, -288; 116-11(10a); State Board of Education Policy GCS-L-004
Cross References:
Parental Involvement (policy 1310/4002), Student and Parent Grievance Procedure (policy 1740/4010), Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program (policy 3000), Recognizing Excellence (policy 3440)
Monday, 11 April 2011
Last Updated:
Monday, 04 June 2012