2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
March 1, 2013 - Introduced by Joint Legislative Council. Referred to Committee
on Education.
SB51,1,2 1An Act to amend 118.33 (1) (a) 1. of the statutes; relating to: the number of
2mathematics and science credits required for a high school diploma.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill is explained in the Notes provided by the Joint Legislative Council in
the bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
Joint Legislative Council prefatory note: This bill was prepared for the Joint
Legislative Council's Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in
High School.
Under current law, a school board may not grant a high school diploma to any
student unless the student has earned all of the following minimum credits in the high
school grades: 4 credits of English; 3 credits of social studies; 2 credits of mathematics;
2 credits of science; and one and one-half credits of physical education. Current law also
requires the completion of one-half credit of health education in grades 7 to 12 to earn
a high school diploma.
This bill increases the required credits in mathematics and science to 3.
SB51,1 3Section 1. 118.33 (1) (a) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
SB51,2,54 118.33 (1) (a) 1. In the high school grades, at least 4 credits of English including
5writing composition, 3 credits of social studies including state and local government,

1 2 3 credits of mathematics, 2 3 credits of science and 1.5 credits of physical
2education. The school board shall award a pupil a science credit for successfully
3completing in the high school grades each course in agriculture that the department
4has determined qualifies as science according to criteria established by the
SB51,2,66 (End)