Twenty Percent Of UW Freshmen Need Remedial Education – Who Is To Blame?

MacIver News Service | March 18, 2015

[Madison, Wisc…] The Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that would require the UW-System to collect more background information on its students that require remedial classes.

Currently 20 percent of freshmen in the system need remedial attention. The system knows how many there are at each campus, but not much else. The assembly bill would require the System to report what high school each of those students attended.

The bill’s author, Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown) said there is no penalty for school districts. It is just a reporting requirement so the problem can be examined more thoroughly.

The bill passed on a voice vote, and heads to the State Senate.