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Aeries Glitch Reveals Class Rankings for Albany High Students

This story, written by student Thalia Tom, appears courtesy of the Albany High Cougar Online. Read more from The Cougar Online at http://www.albanyhighcougar.com.

For the first two-and-a-half weeks of school, students got a big shock when logging into Aeries and discovering that class rankings had been posted online.  Apparently caused by a system configuration error, students could see this information, but counselors could not.

Generally, the rankings are not posted due to the large number of students with the same GPA and the difficulty of maintaining accurate logs.

“You always have a few people that are number one, and it changes every semester,” noted assistant principal Tami Benau.

The students had mixed feelings about this new feature.

Senior Wendy Li explained, “It’s fun to compete with senior James Ren.  But, I don’t appreciate it because it makes you seem better than everyone else when in reality GPA doesn’t define a person.”

Junior Liya Oster is of the same opinion. “It’s a bad idea because it promotes competition between friends,” she lamented.

Though this caused some concern in the AHS student community, the counseling office saw no major increase in the number of students they met with.

The administration removed the page on Sept. 13 after being informed of its existence.

Jodo September 16, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Ridiculous, "No Child Left Behind" programming. Federal extortion scam on state education forcing a one model, top down system of indoctrination.
Alan Eckert September 17, 2012 at 06:18 PM
What are you talking about? Class rankings have been around for many years, they just weren't "publicly" available. How do you think they choose the valedictorian? It just so happened that a feature of the database (and at it's core it is a database) was chosen to be visible to the wrong group and hidden from the right group. Please expand on what you mean by "indoctrination" as it relates to this article?

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