To lower student stress, Keller schools considers changes to class ranking system

KELLER -- For high achieving students, school can be fraught with anxiety and tough choices as they aim to finish in the top of their classes.

The stakes are high: Some universities use class rankings to determine what students will be accepted.

In an effort to reduce stress and produce more well-rounded students, Keller district officials are planning some radical changes to the way they calculate grade point averages — of GPAs — and how they notify students of class rankings.

Other North Texas districts have already made similar adjustments.

At the Dec. 7 school board meeting, trustees will vote on a proposal that gives students much less information on class rankings and restricts GPA calculations for those rankings to the 17 courses required to graduate. If approved by trustees, the class ranking plan would go into effect with 2018-19 freshmen while the GPA change would start with 2019-20 freshmen.

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