|Defining the Academic Standards|
What are academic standards?
Academic standards specify what students should know and be able to do, what they might be asked to do to give evidence of standards, and how well they must perform. They include content, performance, and proficiency standards.
Why are academic standards necessary?
Why are state-level academic standards important?
Why does Wisconsin need its own academic standards?
|Developing the Academic Standards|
Who wrote the academic standards and what resources were used?
Academic standards for the non-state-assessed subjects were drafted by task forces appointed by the state superintendent. The task forces consisted of educators, parents, board of education members, and business and industry people. After reviewing national standards in the subject area, standards from other states, and standards from local Wisconsin school districts, each task force diligently and thoughtfully composed the academic standards for its respective subject.
How was the public involved in the standards process?
|Using the Academic Standards|
Must a district adopt Wisconsinís Model Academic Standards?
Adopting Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards is voluntary, not mandatory. By law, however, districts must have academic standards in place by August 1, 1998, in reading and writing, geography and history, mathematics, and science. Districts may adopt the model state standards, or standards from other sources, or develop their own standards. Although not required by law to have standards in the other subjects, districts may choose to adopt or develop academic standards in those areas as well.
How will local districts use the academic standards?
What is the difference between academic standards and curriculum?
What is the link between statewide academic standards and statewide testing?