Introduced Version Senate Bill 416 History

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Senate Bill No. 416

(By Senator Love, By Request)


[Introduced January 25, 2002; referred to the Committee

on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]


A BILL to amend and reenact section six, article two, chapter eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to imposing a statewide grading scale.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section six, article two, chapter eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§18-2-6. Classification and standardization of schools; standards for degrees and diploma; certificates of proficiency; establishment of alternative education programs.
The state board shall make rules for the accreditation, classification and standardization of all schools in the state, except institutions of higher education, which shall include a state-wide grading scale, consisting of a percent to letter grade to be printed on all report cards, and shall determine the minimum standards for the granting of diplomas and certificates of proficiency by those schools. Not later than the school year one thousand nine hundred ninety--ninety-one, certificates of proficiency including specific information regarding the graduate's skills, competence and readiness for employment or honors and advanced education shall be granted, along with the diploma, to every eligible high school graduate. The certificate of proficiency shall include the program of study major completed by the student only for those students who have completed the required major courses, or higher level courses, advanced placement courses, college courses or other more rigorous substitutes related to the major, and recommended electives.
No institution of less than collegiate or university status may grant any diploma or certificate of proficiency on any basis of work or merit below the minimum standards prescribed by the state board.
No charter or other instrument containing the right to issue diplomas or certificates of proficiency shall be granted by the state of West Virginia to any institution or other associations or organizations of less than collegiate or university status within the state until the condition of granting or issuing such diplomas or other certificates of proficiency has first been approved in writing by the state board.
The state board also may establish policies and procedures for the approval of alternative education programs for disruptive students who are at risk of not succeeding in the traditional school structure. These policies and procedures may provide for the waiver of other policies of the state board, the establishment and delivery of a nontraditional curriculum, establishment of licensure requirements for alternative education program teachers, and the establishment of performance measures for school accreditation.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to place in effect a state-wide percentage grade to be printed on report cards instead of a letter grade.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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