During the February Board meeting, members supported the non-weighted course grading scale. The scale requires the following:
The Board believes this non-weighted grading scale puts all students on a level playing field, said Board President Howard Persinger. The scale erases county lines and gives every student a fair chance.
The Board also added language to the policy that allows for all College Board Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and other courses to be weighted. For students entering the 9th grade in or before school year 2002 2003, county boards of education may choose to issue weighted grades and quality points pursuant to local policy. For students entering 9th grade in or after school year 2003 2004, county boards of education shall issue weighted grades and quality points only for AP and IB courses.
The updated policy also allows the state superintendent to restrict the granting of weighted grades and quality points under certain conditions.
County boards of education must use a standardized non-weighted course grading scale effective July 1, 2003.
Policy 2515 is out on public comment. It will be discussed again during the Board of Education meeting in April. Policy 2515 can be found by logging onto http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/