Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 880

Additional Math & Science Credit Required to Receive High School Diploma

Full Description

(Towns) Under the current law, a school board may not grant a high school diploma unless the pupil has earned, in grades 9-12, at least 4 credits of English, 3 credits of social studies, 2 credits of math, 2 credits of science, and 1.5 credits of physical education. This bill requires an additional credit of mathematics and science beginning with pupils graduating in 2010.

UW System Position

NEUTRAL: The Board of Regents supports legislation that would result in the expansion of the pool of high school graduates prepared to pursue post secondary education, and careers. Increased math and science coursework, which nationwide is an area of weakness on the part of high school graduates, would expand that pool, as well as better prepare graduates for employment if that is their decided goal.

The Board of Regents is however, mindful of the resource implications of requiring students to take additional course work in fields in which there is a shortage in some parts of the state. The Board is thus supportive of increasing math and science requirements along with providing the resources and time necessary to increase instructional capacity in math and science so that the additional demand for instruction can be accommodated.