West Virginia schools are getting more flexibility when it comes to individual graduation requirements, loosening the requirements.

In recent years WV has demonstrated some of the lowest academic achievements in the USA.

Students also will likely see a change when it comes to their grades.

The West Virginia Board of Education approved reducing the minimum credits required for a high school student to graduate. The change is going from 24 credits to 22.

The student grading scale is also changing.

Next year, a grade between 90 to 100 will earn a student an A. For a B, students must receive scores between 80 to 89. The rest of the new grading scale is 70-79 for a C, 60-69 for a D and 59 and below is an F.

The current scale says 0-64 is F, 65-74 is D, 75-84 is C, 85-92 is B and 93-100 is A.

That change gives more students a chance to earn a higher letter grade.

"My mantra is clearly this, local districts asked for the flexibility, so with greater local flexibility comes robust responsibility," Dr. Steven Paine, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, said. "So we will monitor very carefully the impact of districts having the decision to, with their community member, their parents, their students, to determine their own graduation requirements."

The board of education also added a required social studies credit. That means students now need four credits instead of three.

These changes are set to take effect on July 1.

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