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Class Rank

Use class rank to determine the order of students when sorted by grade point average (GPA). For example, the student with the highest GPA ranks at the top of the class. Since class rank calculates based on GPAs, the appropriate GPA calculation methods must exist before determining class rank.

Create a class rank method to set parameters for calculating the class rank. Use multiple class rank methods with varying settings to determine multiple sets of class rankings. For example, you can rank all current students using one method and then rank all current students plus students who graduated early using another method.

Class rank is calculated either manually or automatically at specified intervals, such as every week or only after grades are stored. Since calculating class rank affects all class rank methods, it is best to avoid creating more class rank methods than necessary.

The Class Rank process does not remove records with a ClassRank.StoreCode value defined and will only delete records where ClassRank.StoreCode is blank. Setting a value for the ClassRank.StoreCode field will maintain the record between Class Rank executions.

View the results of the class rank calculation using the Class Ranking Report. You can also include class rank data access tags on custom reports and exports. For more information about data codes, refer to Report Structure.

Manage Class Rank Methods

  1. Navigate to the Class Rank Methods page. 

  2. Click New

  3. Enter a description of the class rank method, such as Class Rank - Simple GPA.

  4. Select the GPA calculation method to use when calculating class rank. The GPA calculation method determines what is queried and how grades are calculated.

  5. Select how you want to assess the class rank.

  6. Select Only include grades to include only grades for courses or sections that count in class rank. When selected, the class rank grade results may differ from GPA calculation results. This is the only class rank method setting that returns a result that may differ from the GPA.

  7. Select Exclude students to exclude students that are set as excluded from class rank on the students' Other Information page. Some students may be excluded from class rank because they are enrolled for a short amount of time and should not be ranked amongst longer-term students.

  8. Select Include early graduates? to include students that graduate early.

  9. Select Early graduation exit code and enter an exit code that specifies early graduation if Include early graduates? is selected.

  10. Click Submit

Once a Class Rank Method is created, you can edit a method by clicking the name of the method you want to update and then edit the information.

Though you can edit class rank methods, you cannot delete class rank methods via the Class Rank Settings page. Instead, you must use Direct Database Access to remove the class rank method. 

Recalculate Class Rank

To refresh class rank data, recalculate all class rank methods either manually or at specified intervals. Verify the Default Term When Between School Years is correct prior to calculating the class rank to ensure accurate results.

  1. Navigate to the Recalculation Frequency page. 

  2. Select at which frequency the class rank should recalculate. To manually recalculate the class rank, click Recalculate now. The class rank recalculates immediately. 

  3. Click Submit.

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