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UPDATE: State Assembly passes raising high school credits


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Requirements for high school math and science classes would increase under a measure passed by the state Assembly.

The proposal cleared the Senate earlier this week and now heads to Gov. Scott Walker after the Assembly passed it early Friday morning.

It would increase the math and science requirement for graduation from two to three credits each. A computer science class could count as a math credit and an agricultural sciences course could count as a science credit.

The measure also would give schools flexibility to award math and science credits to students who are in career and technical education programs.

The proposal comes as the state's school districts are implementing more rigorous academic requirements and it would also bring Wisconsin more in line with neighboring states.


Fall Creek (WQOW) - The math credits student need to graduate could start adding up.

On Thursday, Wisconsin lawmakers are taking up a bill that would require high school students to take three credits of math and science. Right now, they're required to take two.

"The way that the world is going in the sense of the technological age, you would think more math and science would be important," said Brian Schulner, Fall Creek High School Principal.

Schulner says an increase in math and science credits would have a ripple effect.

"We have a 24 and a half credit graduation requirement here at Fall Creek, and 10 and a half of those currently are elective courses... which of course if you're adding to the math and science, it's going to take it down to eight and a half," Schulner explained.

That means some students with a deep interest in elective courses could be left singing the blues.

"That's one of the things we're going to have to discuss with our curriculum committee and our school board to see what their wishes are as to possibly raising the graduation total credit requirement," said Schulner.

However, about 80 percent of the current student body already takes more than two credits in math and science. That means any adjustment to required credits doesn't necessarily mean a change in staffing.

"We also have two full-time English instructors to carry four credits that are required and they manage to do that," Schulner said.

But there is a concern for students who want to wait to take their core classes until later.

"If I have someone that has planned on taking it their senior year and they're going to put this into effect next year, it could have an effect as to what they're taking in the next school year," added Schulner.

The assembly could vote on the bill Thursday night. Also, we're covering another shift in education. 

New standards for math and language arts are being implemented, and they've come under fire.  Join us next Tuesday night at ten as we inspect the common core.

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