Proposed Legislation Would Allow Middle Schoolers To Take High School Level Classes
by Masha Vodyanik, age 16
early September, Senator Glenn Grothman from West Bend, a suburb of
Milwaukee, introduced a bipartisan bill that would potentially allow
middle school students to take high school level classes for high school
credit. These classes would be taught by certain qualified teachers.
20 percent of eighth graders in the West-Bend school district have the
ability to pass ninth grade English, according to the West Bend school
superintendent. Grothman says that the bill would allow students in
middle school to start preparing for high school along with college and
career readiness. He also argues that if high school students can get
college credit for AP classes, then middle school students should be
allowed credit for high school classes.
Madison School District spokeswoman, said that the district is
interested in finding out more about the proposal. She said that the
district generally supports flexibility that allows students to follow
“personalized pathways.” The bill would also make up for budgetary
constraints that caused career exploration to be cut and make early
graduation easier for students.
According to Grothman, the goal
is to have the bill passed by the 2014-15 school year. His final
objective is to get students through the education system more quickly
so they could participate in more work-based learning activities and
other out-of-school programs.
[Source: Wisconsin State Journal]