WV proposes reducing required high school credits, making 90-100 an A
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to put out for public comment proposals to reduce the state’s required number of credits for high school graduation from 24 to 21, further change social studies requirements and change the non-weighted course grading scale.
The existing board Policy 2510 says 0-64 is an F, 65-74 is a D, 75-84 is a C, 85-92 is a B and 93-100 is an A. The board’s proposed changes to 2510, the central state education policy that mandates which courses students must take and other statewide minimums, would make 0-59 an F, 60-69 a D, 70-79 a C, 80-89 a B and 90-100 an A.
State Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Lou Maynus said the proposed grading scale, if passed, would take effect next school year for entering high school freshmen. She said virtual schools and most colleges use the proposed grading scale.
The policy changes, which the board placed on public comment in a voice vote with no nays heard, would eliminate requirements for two student-chosen electives plus decrease the number of required social studies high school credits from four to three.