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Standards Review Process Begins

Academic standards define what students should know and be able to do in an area of study. In Wisconsin, all state standards serve as a model. Locally elected school boards adopt academic standards in each subject area to best serve their local community as stipulated via Wisconsin state statute 118.30.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising academic standards. The process begins with a Notice of Intent to Review. This is followed by a public comment period. The State Superintendent’s Academic Standards Review Council will examine those comments in September 2022 and recommend whether to revise or develop those standards. The State Superintendent determines whether to continue with the current standards or to move forward with a revision process. Learn more about the standards review process.

These subject-specific areas are up for review:

Also slated for review are the existing Wisconsin Common Career Technical Standards (WCCTS). The WCCTS provide a foundation on which the subject-specific standards are built. These employability or "future-ready" skills are founded on social-emotional learning, global competence, STEM skills, and digital literacy skills and include the following:

  • Creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration
  • Career development
  • Environment, health, and safety
  • Global and cultural awareness
  • Information, media, and technology
  • Leadership

Public-input surveys on these seven subjects closed at the end of the day on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

For questions about this information, contact Carol Hutchison (608) 267-2274