High schools ditch class ranks to colleges' dismay

03/6/2006 | NYTimes.com

Nearly 40% of all high schools have stopped ranking students or providing that data to colleges, even though admissions officers say such info helps them place an applicant's grades in context. Some colleges admit they've been forced to give more weight to standardized test scores or recreate the missing rank by using the broad data schools often provide about seniors' grades.

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