Iowa college admissions plan would downplay class rank

The Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday will consider a new system that would no longer give high school students who finish in the top 50% of their class and who complete the requisite number of core subjects automatic admission to the state's public universities. High school principals and guidance counselors say a proposed admissions index that weighs other factors in addition to class rank would encourage more students to take higher-level courses without worrying about their GPA.

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