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Requiring a systemwide credit policy regarding international baccalaureate exams (Mullet, Palumbo, Wilson)

Institutions of higher education must establish a coordinated, evidence-based policy for granting as many undergraduate college credits as possible and practical to students who have received a passing grade on international baccalaureate exams.

Credit policy regarding all international baccalaureate exams must be posted on campus web sites effective for the 2018 fall academic term.

The institutions of higher education must conduct biennial reviews of their international baccalaureate credit policy and report noncompliance to the appropriate committees of the legislature by November 1st of each year, beginning November 1, 2020.

EFFECT OF SENATE STRIKER:
(1) Requires institutions to award undergraduate college credits for a minimum score of 4 on standard-level IB exams and a minimum score of E on Cambridge International exams. (2) Requires institutions to post credit policies for IB and Cambridge International programs on their web sites.

HOUSE COMMITTEE (Higher Education) AMENDMENT
(1) Requires the institutions of higher education to establish coordinated, evidence-based policies for granting credit for successfully completing International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge International examinations, but removed from the requirement is granting credit for a minimum score of 4 on standard-level IB examinations and a minimum score of E on Cambridge International examinations. (2) Provides examples of what kinds of credit policies for IB and Cambridge International the higher education institutions may consider. (3) Removes the requirement for the higher education institutions to conduct biennial reviews of their credit policies and report noncompliance to the Legislature each November, beginning November 1, 2020. (4) Adds intent language stating that the credit policy adopted for IB and Cambridge International is intended to be similar to the credit policy adopted last session for AP examinations.

HOUSE FLOOR AMENDMENT
Requires the public institutions of higher education to review their International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International credit policies on a biennial basis and to report noncompliance to the Legislature by November 1st of each year, beginning November 1, 2020.

Hearing Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5917&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)