WEST virginia Legislature
2019 regular session
House Bill 2034
By Delegate Fast
[Introduced January 9, 2019; Referred
to the Committee on Education.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §18-8-12 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to prohibiting West Virginia institutions of higher learning and state agencies from discriminating against graduates of private, nonpublic or home schools by requiring them to submit to alternative testing as a precondition for acceptance into the institution of higher learning.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 8. COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.
§18-8-12. Issuance of a diploma or other appropriate credential by public, private or home school administrator.
A person who administers a program of secondary education
at a public, private or home school that meets the requirements of this chapter
may issue a diploma or other appropriate credential to a person who has
completed the program of secondary education.
Such The diploma or
credential is legally sufficient to demonstrate that the person meets the
definition of having a high school diploma or its equivalent. No state agency
or institution of higher learning in this state may reject or otherwise treat a
person differently solely on the grounds of the source of such a diploma or credential.
State agencies or institutions of higher learning in this state may not
require a person who has obtained a diploma or other appropriate credentialing
from private, nonpublic or home schooling, and who has acceptable test results
on ACT, SAT or other tests recognized by the institution of higher learning
which would qualify the person for admission, to submit to alternate testing as
a condition of admission. Nor may any person who has obtained a diploma or
other appropriate credentialing be rejected for admission to an institution of
higher education solely because their secondary education was not accredited by
the State Board of Education or any accrediting agency approved by said board.
Nothing in this section prevents any agency or institution of higher learning
from inquiring into the substance or content of the program to assess the
content thereof for the purposes of determining whether a person meets other
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit state agencies and institutions of higher learning from discriminating against graduates of private, nonpublic or home schools by requiring them to submit to alternative testing as a precondition for acceptance into the institution of higher learning.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.