Paradise School Board followed the lead of many other local school districts, approving a new class ranking policy Monday night.
Chief Financial Officer Mac Edwards, who is a former PHS principal, said the changes will put the race for class rank on a more level playing field.
“The way the policy reads right now … it kind of punishes kids for taking electives, it punishes their GPAs (grade point averages),” he said.
The plan approved Monday night will base class rank on four core classes – English, math, science and social studies – plus a foreign language. This will affect only incoming freshmen.
“So basically, you’re taking out electives to determine class rank,” said Board President Homer Mundy.
Earlier in the meeting Edwards had explained that it’s difficult to compare elective classes head-to-head, which is why basing class rank on the core classes is more fair.
“We’re not pioneers in this,” he said. “Other districts have adopted something similar.”