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Standards Review in Progress

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 began in July 2022. After a public-comment period, the State Superintendent’s Academic Standards Review Council examined those comments in September 2022 and recommended revision of those standards. Writing teams have developed draft standards in each subject-specific area*. After a public comment period, writing teams reviewed the comments and made appropriate changes. The State Superintendent’s Academic Standards Review Council has reviewed and approved the draft standards. They are currently in the last round of review with the Office of the State Superintendent.

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
    [AFNR draft standards]
  • Business and Information Technology
    [BIT draft standards]
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Health Science
    [HS draft standards]
  • Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship
    [MME draft standards]
  • Technology and Engineering

Also in the last round of review with the Office of the State Superintendent are the Wisconsin Career Readiness Standards (WCRS), formerly known as Wisconsin Common Career Technical Standards.

  • Wisconsin Career Readiness Standards
    [WCRS draft standards]

The WCRS 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:

  • Career ready: Career Awareness, Exploration, Planning, and Preparation; Postsecondary Education and Training Preparation
  • Learning ready: Academic Skills; Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving; Innovation Mindset and Skills; Technology Skills
  • Life ready: Self-Awareness, Management, and Responsibility; Interpersonal Communication and Collaboration; Global Competence; Responsive Leadership

*FCS and TEE have been rescheduled for review and release in Spring 2024.