2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
December 27, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives Radcliffe, Litjens, Bernard
Schaber, Bernier, Brooks, E. Coggs, Doyle, Endsley, Farrow, Kaufert,
Kerkman, Krug, Marklein, Pridemore, Ringhand, Ripp, Rivard, Spanbauer,
Thiesfeldt, Young, Zepnick and Ziegelbauer, cosponsored by Senators
Wanggaard and Olsen. Referred to Committee on Education.
1An Act to amend
115.787 (2) (g) 1.; and
118.33 (1) (g) of the statutes; 2relating to: authorizing a school board to grant a vocational high school
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, a school board may not grant a high school diploma to any
pupil unless the pupil has earned at least 4 credits of English, 3 credits of social
studies, 2 credits of science, 2 credits of mathematics, 1.5 credits of physical
education, and 0.5 credits of health education.
This bill authorizes a school board to grant a vocational high school diploma to
a pupil if the pupil:
1. Satisfies the above requirements.
2. Earns in grades 9 to 12 the same total number of credits that the school board
requires of other pupils for high school graduation.
3. Successfully completes a vocational education program, established by the
school board, in one or more subjects.
The bill authorizes a school board, in establishing a vocational education
program, to incorporate standards for industry-wide certifications. The school
board must indicate on a pupil's vocational high school diploma the certifications
attained by the pupil.
Finally, the bill directs the Department of Public Instruction annually to
provide each school board that offers high school grades a list of industry
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB447, s. 1
115.787 (2) (g) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
(g) 1. Beginning not later than in the first individualized education 3
program that will be in effect when the child is 14, and updated annually thereafter, 4
a statement of appropriate, measurable postsecondary goals for the child based on 5
age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment 6
and, where appropriate, independent living skills. An individualized education
7program that indicates a goal of a vocational high school diploma under s. 118.33 (1)
8(g) shall specify the course of study that the pupil must take to attain that goal.
AB447, s. 2
118.33 (1) (g) of the statutes is created to read:
(g) 1. A school board may grant a vocational high school diploma to 11
a pupil who does all of the following:
a. Satisfies the requirements under par. (a).
b. Earns in the high school grades the same total number of credits that the 14
school board requires of other pupils for high school graduation.
c. Successfully completes a vocational education program, established by the 16
school board, in a subject or subjects.
2. In establishing a vocational education program under subd. 1. c., the school 18
board may incorporate standards for industry-recognized certifications. Annually, 19
the department shall provide to each school board operating high school grades a list
of such certifications. The school board shall indicate on a pupil's vocational high 2
school diploma the certifications attained by the pupil.