State Board Updates Uniform Grading Scale for Schools

April 21, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -The West Virginia Board of Education has updated state policy to incorporate weighted grades and a uniform grading scale for schools across the state.


The change, made during the board’s April meeting, is designed to encourage students to take challenging Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Under the policy, all AP and IB course will be weighted.  


“This policy will level the playing field for all students in West Virginia and encourage students to accept the challenge of more rigorous coursework,” said West Virginia Board of Education President Delores W. Cook. “We must continually challenge students if they are to be successful in the 21st century.”

The uniform grading scale that is to be used by all schools for high school courses taken for credit was first adopted in 2003. The original policy gave county boards of education discretion in deciding whether that wanted to allow weighted grades.

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