(Madison)-An extensive report on the number of incoming freshman needing remedial math and English classes was released this week by the University of Wisconsin System. The report, required by a law authored by State Representative John Jagler (R-Watertown), also lists what high school the incoming freshmen attended. 

"This first of its kind report is a good benchmark to see how well our schools are preparing students before entering the UW System," Jagler said. "My hope is it will spark further cooperation between the UW System, the Department of Public Instruction, and our high school administrators on how they can all work together to help students be more prepared for college."
This year, UW welcomed 20,767 freshmen who graduated from Wisconsin public schools. Of those students, 18.4% needed to take remedial math, and 6.4% needed English courses. Now, for the first time, we know what high schools these students came from.
"Some of the numbers throughout the state are eye opening," Jagler said. "I hope the administrators in the schools that didn’t fare well will take a closer look at their courses and curriculum, and strive to improve their students in terms of college readiness."
Jagler also encouraged parents to take a look at the numbers for their child’s high school. "Everyone is talking about college affordability and how to lower costs," Jagler said. "This is an excellent place to start, because the remedial classes cost money, but the students don’t receive credits for them. Many parents are surprised when they are told their child isn’t as prepared as they need to be. Knowing in advance that their school may have a problem preparing students for the rigors of college may prompt some parents to require their children to take an extra math class their senior year, or to seek out tutoring."
The law authored by Jagler also requires the report to be distributed to school administrators. UW System President Ray Cross says the feedback will help foster communication, align the curriculum, and reduce the need for remedial education.