Suburban Chicago school district eliminates class rankings

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West suburban Indian Prairie District 204 has become the latest in the Chicago area to eliminate high school class ranks.

The District 204 school board on Monday voted unanimously and without discussion to eliminate traditional valedictorian and salutatorian honors at each of the district’s three high schools.

The new system would cite students with a 4.6 grade point average as Summa Cum Laude, or highest honor. A Magna Cum Laude — with great honor — designation would go to students with grade point averaged between 4.4 and 4.59.

Students with 4.2 to 4.39 grade point averages would receive Cum Laude — with honor — citation.

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