I doubt that this will become much of a problem, but I wonder if the school has similar concerns about private school students? Or new students from another town, or state? Or foreigners? Surely, anyone bumping a freshman-to-senior student from the first-place GPA position in the final stretch of high school would cause disappointment to the former top dawg.
No more cell phones in school?, 24 May 2007, Wahpeton Daily News, Wahpeton, North Dakota
Other concerns that need to be addressed are home school students who could potentially transfer into the public school and become valedictorian.
“It hasnt happened yet but it could,” Bettin said.
So many questions pop up about this simple concern.
- Why is there a concern only about homeschoolers?
- Is school ranking such a contest that rules against ‘ringers’ must be considered appropriate?
- Is the work done by a homeschooled teen any different than that done by a public school student?
- If homeschooling is conducted in accordance with state law, and if placement testing qualifies a new student to be a senior in high school, is it assumed that there might be past ‘cheating’ on the part of the new student and his parents?
- How might the possible differences in attitude towards between homeschoolers and long-term schooled students about ‘being valedictorian’ affect the situation?
- Maybe the formerly homeschooled teen doesn’t care about whether or not he or she qualifies to be valedictorian?
Then there is the question of just what constitutes the best student — and how many of them there can be.
i go to a school of 700+ and the differences in gpa are about .001. seriously. valedictorian is insane, and often misrepresentative of the best student.
yeah, we have the same system as Yumpopp and have like 20 vals every year.
ok my school is seriously —- up. we had a transfer student come in junior year who took 7 APs and got As in all of them at his old school. At our school we can only take 4 APs before senior year. As a transfer the kid with the 7 APs cannot achieve a rank higher than 2. therefore our break down is as follows for valedictorian based on weighted gpa:
2. 5.31 (transfer)
3. 4.712 (me)
Such are the trials in a meritocracy?
posted by Valerie