Proposed Legislation Would Allow Middle Schoolers To Take High School Level Classes

by Masha Vodyanik, age 16

In 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.

Currently, 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.

Rachel Strauch-Nelson, 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]

Good job on this article! High school classes in middle school would lead to a lot of interesting changes. I think it could really help a lot of advanced students who don't feel challenged in their school life. I'm interested to see how this plays out. – Sylvan BachhuberMadison, WI (2015-01-24 10:37)