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Committees look at high school credit bill, Common Core standards


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's Assembly Committee on Education took up a new bill this week that would give middle school students a head start on their high school degrees.

The bill would allow 7th and 8th grade students to earn high school credit if they take a course taught by a teacher licensed to teach high schoolers.

School administrators are very supportive of the idea, saying it would be more efficient saving money, while opening up opportunities for younger students.

"[Students] should be able to take an English 9 course as a 7th or 8th grader if they've got the core skill sets and have that credit go on their transcripts and get the four English credits out of their way to open up their day to the other half-credit possibilities," says Superintendent Ted Neitzke, with West Best School District.
Lawmakers on the Committee on Education expressed support for the measure.
Also at the Capitol Wednesday, legislators took another step to advance education. The Legislature has created special committees to study the Common Core academic standards.
The math and English standards were adopted in the state three years ago, but opponents believe they need to be revisited. 
On Tuesday, Gov. Scott Walker said he supports holding hearings and identifying more rigorous standards than those in the Common Core.    
Wisconsin's nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau has described the Common Core standards as being "more rigorous, cohesive and specific" than what the state had in place prior to their adoption.


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