Chicago Tribune

Members of the St. Charles District 303 school community want to eliminate class rank at the high schools and expand foreign language and technology offerings at all levels, according to a report released Monday.

The information was compiled from several community meetings this year.

It will be up to the School Board to decide if and when to implement the recommendations, which likely wouldn’t take effect until the 2013-14 school year, or even further into the future, said Superintendent Donald Schlomann. The recommendations were a part of a series of meetings earlier this year open to parents and students.

After summit committee co-chairs presented the School Board with a report summarizing recommendations Monday night, Schlomann said perhaps the easiest of the suggestions for officials to consider is class rank. Many of the other recommendations have budget, staff contract or scheduling considerations, he said.

During the summit meeting when class rank was discussed, nearly all community participants agreed it should no longer be a way to measure student success, according to officials. If District 303 decided to stop ranking high school students with the start of the 2013-14 school year, it would join a growing number of suburban districts that have made the change, Schlomann pointed out.



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