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The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district is debating whether its five high schools should still report class rank, which puts students in order according to grade-point average. One idea is to phase it out over several years starting with the 2016-17 freshman class. It would be replaced by the designations summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude, based on percentile rank or GPA.

Many districts across the country have stopped publicizing class rank, saying it's not a meaningful number and could harm a student's college chances if it's not high enough. Fewer than half of U.S. high schools report it, says the National Association of College Admissions Counselors. At least a dozen metro-area high schools no longer report rank.