Wake County Schools may drop valedictorian and salutatorian terminology

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Valedictorians and salutatorians may soon be a thing of the past — at least at Wake County Schools.

The system is now considering a change that would recognize more students at the top of the class. The school board’s policy committee supporting a change to the class ranking policy.

They would use the Latin terms, many colleges do such as Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude.

“We’re putting a policy together with input from principals, deans of students around an option that would be consistent across all of our schools,” said Cathy Moore, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Advancement.

If approved, Wake County would still be required to record class rank on a student’s transcript.

The change would start with the class of 2019.

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