WSR 01-19-045



[ Filed September 14, 2001, 11:10 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 01-15-100.

Title of Rule: WAC 180-57-050 Grade reporting and calculation system and 180-57-055 Definition -- Grade point average.

Purpose: To clarify that a student's optimal academic performance is reflected in their grade point average.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.305.220.

Summary: The State Board of Education (SBE) will address language changes at the October SBE meeting.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Continue the intent of education reform.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Larry Davis, State Board of Education, Olympia, (360) 753-6715.

Name of Proponent: State Board of Education.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: School district clarification regarding differing practices about whether or not to count all grades for all courses in the calculation of a student's grade point average.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See following.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: North Thurston School District, 305 College Street N.E., Lacey, WA 98516-5390, on October 24, 2001, at 8:30 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Laura Moore by October 15, 2001, TDD (360) 664-3631, or (360) 753-6715.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, fax (360) 586-2357, by October 15, 2001.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 26, 2001.

September 13, 2001

Larry Davis

Executive Director


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 15-88, filed 6/7/88)

WAC 180-57-050   Grade reporting and calculation system.   (1) The standardized high school transcript shall report the marks/grades earned by students in courses as follows; provided, that there is no requirement to adopt a marking/grading system that uses minuses or pluses or, if adopted, to report minuses or pluses on standardized transcripts:

(((1))) (a) A = 4.0
(((2))) (b) A- = 3.7
(((3))) (c) B+ = 3.3
(((4))) (d) B = 3.0
(((5))) (e) B- = 2.7
(((6))) (f) C+ = 2.3
(((7))) (g) C = 2.0
(((8))) (h) C- = 1.7
(((9))) (i) D+ = 1.3
(((10))) (j) D = 1.0
(((11))) (k) E or F = 0.0

(2) The minimal passing mark/grade is D = 1.0. Nonnumerical marks/grades such as pass/fail, credit/no credit, and satisfactory/unsatisfactory marks also may be used((; however, notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 180-57-055, these nonnumerical marks/grades shall be clearly identified and excluded from the calculation of grade point average)).

(3) If high school credit is awarded on a competency basis as authorized under state board of education policy WAC 180-51-050(2), the district may use either of the following options for noting the students' performance on the state standardized transcript under state board of education policy WAC 180-57-070:

(a) Determine locally the equivalent passing mark/grade as listed under subsection (1) of this section; or

(b) Designate "pass" or "fail" in the appropriate manner on the transcript.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.155. 88-13-026 (Order 15-88), 180-57-050, filed 6/7/88; 85-01-017 (Order 18-84), 180-57-050, filed 12/10/84.]

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 18-84, filed 12/10/84)

WAC 180-57-055   Definition -- Grade point average.   (1) Each student's "grade point average" shall be the sum of the point values, as defined in WAC 180-57-050, of all the marks/grades received for all courses attempted divided by the sum of the credits for all courses attempted.

(2) The grade point value shall be calculated by multiplying the numerical value of the mark/grade earned by the number of credits assigned to the course. ((Except as provided in WAC 180-57-050, all marks/grades for all courses taken shall be included in the calculation of grade point averages.))

(3) Grade point averages shall be calculated to two decimal places and reported for each trimester/semester or other term and for the cumulative credits earned for all courses attempted in high school.

(4) All marks/grades for all courses taken shall be included in the calculation of grade point averages except for:

(a) Nonnumerical marks/grades shall be excluded from the calculation of grade point averages; and

(b) The lowest mark/grade earned for a class/course taken more than once shall be excluded from the calculation of grade point averages.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.155. 85-01-017 (Order 18-84), 180-57-055, filed 12/10/84.]

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