February 26, 2002
R. Scott Long
Hendrickson & Long, PLLC
P.O. Box 11070
Charleston, West Virginia 25339
Dear Mr. Long:
This is to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated February 15, 2002 relative
to the interpretation of West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2436.10. You stated:
?Specifically, I ask that the Policy be read to permit the use of weighted grades in honors
courses in determining a student?s eligibility.?
A weighted grade is that which is given for an honors course in which an "A" mark
earns 5 points, a "B" is awarded 4 points, a "C" is worth 3 points, a "D" is given a value of
2 points, and an "F" is worth 0 points when calculating the student?s grade-point average. Although Policy 2436.10 does not mention weighted grades, the policy is clear that each letter grade is given a specific numeric assignment on a 4.0 scale without any enhancements.
In particular, Policy 2436.10, ?3.1.a., states that ?A 2.0 average is defined as a
grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better on a scale where an "A" mark earns 4 points,
a "B" is awarded 3 points, a "C" is worth 2 points, a "D" is given a value of 1 point, and an
"F" is worth 0 points.? It further states, at ?3.1.b., that ?No enhanced value should be given for a "plus" or "minus" designation, such as "B+" or "C-"; all grades with the same letter designation have the same numerical value in the 4.0 scale.? As a result, I interpret Policy 2436.10 to prohibit the use of weighted grades from honors courses in determining the GPA of a student for participation in extracurricular activities.
I further note, however, that this Policy has not been revised since the adoption of
weighted grades and should more clearly address the issue. As a result, I will instruct the staff here at the Department of Education to review Policy 2436.10 and make a proposal to the West Virginia Board of Education regarding the same.
Hoping that I have been of service, I remain,
Superintendent of Schools