NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – High school students who get more than 80 percent in school many no longer get a spot on the honour roll.
North Vancouver School District has decided to phase out the system, a move some parents and students aren’t happy about. The district says they are changing the way they recognize academic achievement to better align with school curriculum.
Deneka Michaud with the district says it’s not because students aren’t doing well. She says since all schools tallied it differently across the province, it wasn’t a true reflection of students’ academic achievement.
“Instead of just printing up a list of students who achieved above a certain percentage and putting it on a wall, we wanted to honour students in a more celebratory way,” she says. “Similar to how you would recognize students for sports achievements or arts achievements at an awards ceremony, that’s now what’s happening with academic achievement.”
Michaud says the way the honour roll was calculated — by taking marks from the first and second report cards and averaging them — doesn’t make sense anymore because grades aren’t calculated in the same way.
Uhh, University scholarships are attached to official honour roll criteria. As well as provincial. High school graduates work for the moment of it all coming together with the rope and sash.
— Tisha (@Ironjawswife) December 13, 2018
Taking out the Honour Roll doesn’t mean that kids are “aiming low”, but it might mean that less kids are stressed out about achieving this (essentially) empty title. If you’ve got high grades, that should still be evident in your transcript.
— Telle 3dmonds (@tell3dmonds) December 13, 2018
But some students and parents are not happy about the changes. Top-achieving students may be disappointed to lose the recognition.
“Those concerns are valid,” Michaud says. “We completely understand when parents have brought forward those concerns to us, because that’s something that we all grew up with.”
Michaud says students are still being recognized for their achievement in different ways.
Most North Vancouver schools have already phased out the honour roll for grades 8 to 10. This year, only grade 11 and 12 students can get on the list.