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Are High School Valedictorians Becoming Passé?

Citing an overly competitive school environment, some Kentucky districts are scrapping the time honored tradition.

Naming a high school valedictorian used to be simple: The school looked at student grades and chose the senior with the highest GPA in the graduating class. But nowadays, picking a valedictorian has become a whole lot more complicated, and, critics say, overly competitive. To address the problem, some school districts in Kentucky are even going so far as to completely scrap naming valedictorians.

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Extra Credit: Stressed Out Studentsp

Standardized testing and college pressure: what we're reading at GOOD Education HQ


Modern helicopter parents might need to ease the pressure they're putting on their elementary and middle school kids over college admissions.

A seventh grader missing since Sunday told police she ran away because she was "stressed about the Connecticut Mastery Tests being given at school."

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