Schools, middle and secondary; requires local school boards to establish uniform grading policy. (HB1603)

Introduced By

Del. David Poisson (D-Sterling) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. Algie Howell (D-Norfolk), Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), Del. Ken Melvin (D-Portsmouth), Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean), Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Middle and secondary schools; uniform grading policy. Requires local school boards to establish a policy to interpret end-of-course grades in a uniform manner across the Commonwealth in grades 6-12, but allows for a weighted grading system for advanced placement, honors, and International Baccalaureate classes. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


10/27/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 089771688
10/27/2008Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1603)
01/20/2009Assigned Education sub: Teachers and Admin. Action
01/22/2009Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/2009Left in Education


Michele Zuckerman writes:

FairGrade Loudoun is strongly behind Delegate Poisson's effort to level the playing field for Virginia students when it comes to college admissions, receiving merit scholarships, getting "good student" discounts on automobile insurance and NCAA eligibility.

Gerbera writes:

I'm pretty sure the colleges are able to adjust to different grading scales. I think educators know that A at one school might cover a 95-100% and an A at a school nearby might start at 93%.

Anon writes:


What about cut off points for certain things. Like certain programs for college have a certain minimum GPA