Assembly Passes Plan To Track Collegebound Students In Need Of Remedial Courses

UW Would Be Mandated To Keep Tabs On Students Under Plan

Shawn Johnson/WPR

The state Assembly has passed a bill that aims to get more information on which Wisconsin high schools are sending their students to college in need of remedial education.

The plan by Rep. John Jagler, R-Watertown, would have the University of Wisconsin keep track of all Wisconsin high school graduates who need to take a remedial English or math class when they get to college. The UW would then report how many of those students came from each Wisconsin high school.

Jagler said the plan would not punish high schools.

Stay informed on the latest news

Sign up for WPR’s email newsletter.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

“It’s just a starting point for increasing dialogue,” he said. “There’s no stick attached to the schools that don’t perform well, but my hope is that the schools will take a look at themselves and figure out some steps that they can take and for some parents to start asking questions maybe as to why they’re not ready.”

The bill passed on a voice vote. It heads next to the Senate.