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Answers to More of Your Education 2020 Questions
Thursday, August 15, 2019 -
We hope everyone has enjoyed this beautiful summer weather! After a short break, we will once again answer the community’s questions regarding the Liverpool Central School District’s Education 2020 initiative.
Since many of you may have the same questions, we wanted to share the answers with you.
Q: Is it true that LCSD will soon stop providing students with their class ranking and no longer have a Top 60 list or a valedictorian? If so, what is the reason for this change?
A: This topic has been discussed at the high school and district levels, but no decision has been made at this time. Eliminating class rankings is a growing trend nationally, however there is a misconception about this practice. Schools will still weigh courses, have GPAs, and rank internally so that students can use that information when applying for scholarships. In addition, class rank is not viewed as an important attribute for acceptance into colleges and universities. Instead they look at grades, rigor of classes, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and SAT/ACT scores to determine acceptance. Currently several districts in the area – including Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-DeWitt and Skaneateles – do not rank their students and North Syracuse decided to stop ranking students this past year.
You can still ask questions, submit comments, or address rumors you may have heard about the future of the district. To do so, visit the LCSD Web site (click here) and submit your questions and comments using the Education 2020 form (click on the link at the top of the page). Please include your name and e-mail address so we can respond to you (we will not respond to anonymous submissions).
For more information regarding the committee’s efforts, contact the Office of the Deputy Superintendent at 315-622-7148.