Red Bank Regional appears ready to join the ranks of other high schools that permit their students to apply for colleges without reporting their class ranking levels, according to today’s Asbury Park Press.

From the story:

The board is close to allowing parents and students the option to report class rank on college applications for the 2009-10 school year. Red Bank Catholic High School and Middletown High Schools North and South offer the choice, said Edward Westervelt, Red Bank Regional superintendent of schools.

Providing the option doesn’t require a vote of the Board of Education, but Westervelt said he planned to poll the panel first.

About 32 high schools across the state either don’t report rank on student transcripts or make it optional, said Lenore Kingsmore, regional district guidance director.

At Red Bank Regional, class rank isn’t an accurate indicator. Because of the high rate of achievement, students with an 89.1 grade point average are not in the top 25 percent of the class this year, Kingsmore said.

“A solid “B’ student isn’t being looked at by a good school, and that’s a shame,” Kingsmore said.

Parents at the meeting backed having the option.

“To give parents and students a choice is a very happy medium for me,” said Nilda Collazo of Shrewsbury, parent of a junior.

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