ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD. (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County has a new way to name their valedictorian.

The Anne Arundel County School Board has narrowly passed a policy that will eliminate class rank for high school students in two years.

It will allow schools to select valedictorians and salutatorian based on qualities like character and leadership, in addition to grade point average.

Class ranks have been criticized for creating a competitive environment in schools and placing unnecessary stress on students.

But critics of the new policy said the competition is healthy.

Comments (3)
  1. Another way for the underachievers and snowflakes to get something they did not earn, not fair to the overachievers that work hard and put the effort into being better then the just normal. Shame on the school board, you just LOWERED the standards for AA county school system…

  2. Look at Baltimore city schools just caught inflating the grades of students, no different… YOU DON’T EARN IT YOU DON’T GET IT OR THE ACCOLADES THAT GO ALONG WITH IT! They are graduating dumb dumb’s into society and the work force world! OH BOY!!

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