LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Seventh and eighth grade students in Wisconsin are now eligible to earn high school credits. Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law on Friday making this possible.

Previously, Wisconsin law only allowed students in grades nine through 12 to obtain high school credits. In order to receive credit, the courses have to be taught by a teacher licensed to teach the subject matter to high school students. The class also has to be taught using the same curriculum and test that high schoolers get.

We want to do whatever we can to push learners forward and make sure that they have the most authentic learning experience possible for them. It aligns with our board goals, It aligns with where we're going in terms of customizing tailoring instruction to individual students. The work load will definitely be on the school district. But in the end if it's better for students then it's a very good opportunity," said Troy Harcey, associate superintendent at the La Crosse School District.

The law goes into effect next school year.