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From the ECS State Policy Database
Instructional Approaches--Grading Practices


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State Status/Date Level Summary
NCSigned into law 07/2013P-12Study of Grade Point Average Calculations
S.B. 402
Directs the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee (JLEOC) to study the State Board of Education's policy on calculating weighted grade point averages and class rank on high school transcripts, especially for courses taken through institutions of high...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Attendance and Student Final Grade
H.B. 5 - Attendance and Student Final Grade
Provides that any student in grades K-12 may not receive a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is offered. Permits a student who attends 75% but less than 90% of class days to receive a final grade...

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MSSigned into law 04/2012P-12Changes in Student Grades
H.B. 696
Prohibits school administrators and certain other faculty, staff and employees of a local school district from influencing the grade received by a student from a teacher, prescribes the circumstances under which a teacher may change a student's grade, provides...

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NMSigned into law 03/2011P-12Elementary School Grading System
S.B. 272
Adds grades three and four to the required standardized alphabetic or numeric grading system adopted by the public education department.
http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/11%20Regular/final/SB0272.pdf...

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LASigned into law 06/2010P-12Uniform Grading Scales
H.B. 433
Requires the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop, adopt, and provide for the implementation of a uniform grading scale for use in public schools. Outlines enforcement and exceptions and creates a task force to provide recommendations.
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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12District Grading Policies
S.B. 2033
Directs all school districts to adopt a grading policy before each school year. Specifies the district grading policy (1) must require a classroom teacher to assign a grade that reflects the student's relative mastery of an assignment; (2) may not require a cl...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
Postsec.
GPA and University Admissions
H.B. 3- Section 31
Amends Section 28.0252, authorizing the commissioner of education to develop a standard method of calculating student grade point average (GPA), including weights for advanced courses. Eliminates provision that if a conflict arises between that method and the ...

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NMAdopted 05/2008P-12Final Course Grade Changes for Students
NMAC 6.30.10
The purpose of this rule is to establish minimal requirements for those school
districts and charter schools that seek to permit changes to a student's final course grades, and to require that school
districts and charter schools adopt written policies for an...

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TXSigned into law 06/2007P-12
Postsec.
Grade Point Calculation
H.B. 3851
Requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to adopt rules establishing a standard method for computing a student's high school grade point average in a certain manner. The bill also requires the annual report each general academic teaching ...

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NVSigned into law 05/2007P-12High School Reform
A.B. 212
Provides for high school reform. Requires the board of trustees of each school district to adopt a policy for each public school of the school district in which ninth grade pupils are enrolled, to develop a 4-year academic plan for each of those pupils. Requir...

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GASigned into law 05/2007P-12Grade Integrity Act of 2007
S.B. 9
Enacts the Grade Integrity Act of 2007. Provides that no classroom teacher shall be required, coerced, intimidated, or disciplined in any manner to change the grade of a student. Provides that a violation of this provision constitutes an ethical violation repo...

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NMSigned into law 04/2007P-12Standardized Statewide Grading System
S.B. 160
Directs the department of education to adopt and promulgate rules establishing a standardized alphabetic or numeric grading system based on the 4.0 scale or 100% scale to be used by all public schools for 5th-12th grades.
http://legis.state.nm.us/Sessions/07%2...

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TXSigned into law 06/2005P-12Standard Method of Computing Grade Point Averages
S.B. 111
Allows the commissioner to develop a standard method of computing a student's high school grade point average that provides for additional weight to be given to each honors course, advanced placement course, international baccalaureate course, or dual credit c...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12Education
S.B. 1044 (sections 1-10)
Incorporates references to the state's Automated Fingerprint Identification System. Expands the definition of "cause" for purposes of waiving or suspending a teacher's license. Among changes to definition, includes knowingly falsifying or directing another to ...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12
S.B. 1044 (sections 14-15)
Repeals provision that notation must be made on a student's transcript to indicate each special education class included on the transcript.

Establishes that school day must consist of at least rather than fewer than six hours of instructional time.

Allows a...

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AZSigned into law 04/2005P-12Teacher Immunity
H.B. 2267
States that a full-time certified teacher is immune from personal liability for all acts done and actions taken in good faith in evaluating or grading any student.
http://www.azleg.state.az.us/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=2267...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12End of Course Assessment Requirements
H.B. 1983 (multiple provisions)
Establishes system for districts to report all students' scores on end-of-course assessments. Requires the division of public school accountability to:
(i) Match each student's end-of-course test score with the letter grade received in the corresponding cours...

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TNSigned into law 05/2004P-12
Postsec.
Uniform Grading System
S.B. 2205
Directs the state board to establish a task force comprised of superintendents, principals, teachers, and representatives of school
boards and higher education no later than June 30, 2004. The task force is to make recommendations to the board including, but n...

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TNSigned into law 05/2003P-12Grading Policies
H.J.R. 485
Requests the state board to study the issue of grading in Tennessee public schools with special emphasis on the area of numerical/letter grade equivalency. The state board is to report its conclusions and recommendations to the House and Senate
Education Commi...

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TXSigned into law 05/2003P-12Finality of a Grade
H.B. 1949
Sec. 28.0212. FINALITY OF GRADE. (a) An examination or course grade issued by a classroom teacher is final and may not be changed unless the grade is arbitrary, erroneous, or not consistent with the school district grading policy applicable to the grade, as...

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CASigned into law 06/2002P-12Extra Grade Weighting Limited
A.B. 2657
Establishes a 4-year implementation schedule for existing law which prohibits a school district, when calculating a pupil's grade point average, from assigning extra grade weighting to a course that covers a subject required for admission to the University of ...

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CATo governor 09/2001P-12
Postsec.
Grade Weighting
A.B. 458
Prohibits a school district, when calculating a pupil's grade point average, from assigning extra grade weighting to a course that covers a subject required for admission to the University of California or the California State University unless the University ...

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FLTo governor 05/2001P-12Change of Grading Practices
S.B. 636
Alters the required ranges of percentage grades that equate to letter grades and grade points....

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ARSigned into law 03/2001P-12Uniform Grading Scale
H.B. 1826
Requires a uniform grading scale for non-traditional high school courses....

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