West Virginia board repeals Common Core standards

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is replacing educational standards for math and English based on Common Core with new standards.

The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday approved the new standards and repealed the K-12 Next Generation Standards for math and English.

The new standards will be effective July 1, 2016. They include handwriting instruction in grades K-4, and the expectation for students to learn multiplication tables by the end of grade 3.

The Department of Education says in a news release that the board also eliminated social studies testing in all grades, along with science testing in grades three, five, seven, eight, nine and 11.

Lawmakers in Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina repealed Common Core standards in 2014.

This story has been corrected to show that the new standards’ effective date is July 1, 2016, not July 11, 2016.

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