CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Superintendent Steve Paine is planning on asking the West Virginia Board of Education to keep the number of high school social studies credits the same.

The announcement comes following criticism over a proposal cutting the number of credits required to graduate from four to three and requiring only one American history course.

While the comment period on the policy is open until Jan. 24, the state Department of Education noted Tuesday the review left officials understanding of arguments from the public.

The state Board of Education could still approve the policy.