New policy will take effect for students in class of 2022.

Class ranks at Hilliard City Schools' Bradley, Darby and Davidson high schools soon will be a thing of the past.

District leaders announced last week that beginning with the class of 2022 – the students who were in eighth grade this past school year – class ranks no longer would be calculated.

Students instead would be placed into 10 percent categories based on GPA and would be designated with college-style Latin honors at commencements, according to the district website.

District spokeswoman Stacie Raterman said valedictorians and salutatorians no longer would be named, though commencements still would feature class speakers. The selection process for those speakers has not been determined, she said.

Superintendent John Marschhausen called the class-ranking system "antiquated" when announcing the policy on the district's website.

School board member Heather Keck said the administration's new policy "reflected what the community values in terms of preparing our children to be ready for tomorrow."

"We had a complete review done by a team of parents and teachers who looked at both national trends and talked to college admissions officers," Keck said.

A group composed of school board members, staff members and parents examined the policies of other districts, spoke to college-admissions officers and considered Hilliard's own views prior to the decision, Davidson assistant principal Erica O'Keeffe said via the district's website.

John Bandow, director of secondary curriculum and college partnerships for Hilliard City Schools, said the policy would allow students to enroll in classes that interest them without worrying if the classes were graded only on a 4-point scale instead of a weighted scale.

The new policy did not require approval from the school board, Keck said.

"There was a presentation to the board and no one had any concerns," she said.

Raterman said administrators were not available last week to provide further comments about the new policy.

Hilliard's class of 2018 seniors from all three high schools graduated last week.

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