Lawmakers consider Promise Scholarship requirement changes for home school students

Feb 11, 2018 by

Measure would eliminate high school equivalency test as requirement.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill is working its way through the legislature that would allow home school students to be eligible for the Promise Scholarship without completing what’s been an additional requirement.

The Senate Education Committee passed SB 319 a few days ago and sent it to the Senate Finance Committee for further consideration.

Like public school students, home school students have to score a 22 on the ACT or 1,100 on the SAT to qualify for the merit-based Promise. Public school students also have to have a 3.0 GPA. Officials set up the scholarship program to require the passage of the GED for home schoolers as a measurement of their GPA. The state has since changed from the GED to the TASC, Test Assessing Secondary Completion test. The bill would eliminate the requirement of the additional test for home school graduates.

The committee substitute of the bill passed by the Education Committee did keep the passage of the TASC as an option.

The issue has been around for several years. Former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed HB 2674 in 2015.

Tomblin’s veto message read:

Source: WV MetroNews – Lawmakers consider Promise Scholarship requirement changes for home school students

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