On July 19, the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County adopted changes to its grading policy that eliminate class rank and alter the selection process for valedictorian and salutatorian, beginning with students who are entering ninth grade in the 2021-2022 school year.
The changes passed by a 5-4 vote.
Valedictorians are currently selected based solely on grade-point average. Under the adopted change, students who earn summa cum laude honors (weighted grade-point average of 4.3 or higher) after seven high school semesters would be eligible to apply to be class valedictorian or salutatorian. The honors would be based on a student’s character, leadership, scholarship and service.
Winners would be selected through a school-based process to be determined by the superintendent of schools.