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7th, 8th graders will be able to earn high school credits

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed a bill into law that allows seventh and eighth grade students in the state to earn high school credits. Current Wisconsin law only allows students in grades nine through 12 to earn high school credits.

State legislators passed the bill unanimously. It allows the seventh and eighth graders to earn the credits under certain requirements.

The courses must be taught by a teacher licensed to teach the subject matter to high school students. The course also must be taught using the same curriculum and tests high-school students receive. Plus, the middle school student must demonstrate he or she is academically prepared for the course work.

Gov. Walker signed the bill at Badger Middle School in West Bend.

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