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3579Ratification Number: 82Act Number: 41Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19990223Primary Sponsor: Education and Public Works Committee HEPW 21All Sponsors: Education and Public Works CommitteeDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\gjk\20263std99.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19990428Date of Last Amendment: 19990420Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19990601Subject: School districts, Education Board to establish uniform grading systemHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19990618 Act No. A41 ------ 19990601 Signed by Governor ------ 19990526 Ratified R82 House 19990428 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 19990421 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19990420 Read second time Senate 19990420 Committee amendment adopted Senate 19990415 Committee report: Favorable with 04 SED amendment Senate 19990302 Introduced, read first time, 04 SED referred to Committee House 19990226 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19990225 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on Friday, 19990226 House 19990223 Introduced, read first time Versions of This Bill Revised on February 23, 1999 - Word format Revised on April 15, 1999 - Word format Revised on April 20, 1999 - Word format
(A41, R82, H3579)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-5-68 SO AS TO ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE WHEREBY THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SHALL ADOPT AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS SHALL USE A UNIFORM GRADING SCALE NO LATER THAN SCHOOL YEAR 2000-2001.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Uniform grading scale
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-5-68. The General Assembly finds that given the fact the State provides substantial financial academic assistance to students of the State based on cumulative grade point averages and districts currently use a variety of grading scales, it is in the best interest of the students of South Carolina for a uniform grading scale to be developed and adopted by the State Board of Education to be implemented in all public schools of the State. Therefore, the State Board of Education is directed to establish a task force comprised of superintendents, principals, teachers, and representatives of school boards and higher education no later than June 30, 1999. The task force shall make recommendations to the board including, but not limited to, the following: consistent numerical breaks for letter grades; consideration of standards to define an honors course; appropriate weighting of courses; and determination of courses and weightings to be used in the calculation of class rank. The task force shall report its findings to the State Board of Education no later than December 1, 1999. The State Board of Education shall then adopt and school districts of the State shall begin using the adopted grading scale no later than the 2000-2001 school year."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 26th day of May, 1999.
Approved the 1st day of June, 1999.
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