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English Language Arts in Wisconsin



Visit the Literacy and Mathematics COVID-19 page for information about ELA learning during this time – including priority instructional content for ELA.

Standards Review Process

The Wisconsin's Standards for English Language Arts review and revision process went from summer 2019 to summer 2020, concluding with the State Superintendent's adoption of the revised standards.

The ELA process is summarized here and explains the status of standards for English language arts in other states.

Specific information about the DPI's transparent and comprehensive academic standards review process can be found on the standards page. The process began with a Notice of Intent to review and a public comment period in summer 2019. The State Superintendent’s Academic Standards Review Council (SSASRC) examined those comments and recommended revising. The State Superintendent decided to move forward with the revision process. The draft revised standards were reviewed by the public, the SSASRC, and finally the State Superintendent. 

Wisconsin's Vision for Student Success in English Language Arts

Wisconsin's Vision for English Language Arts

Wisconsin's Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning provide important guidance for approaching the discipline of English language arts.  

Certain foundations of the discipline connect all standards across the four areas of reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language at a more conceptual level.  

To further connect the standards, and to make explicit the underpinnings of the discipline of ELA, Wisconsin has developed several broad emphases to consider listed as the Wisconsin Foundations for English Language Arts.

Wisconsin Writes

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Wisconsin Writes provides a glimpse into the writing processes of Wisconsin writers. Each video story captures the recursive, complex, often messy writing process from some of the best writers in the state. Visit the following link to the Wisconsin Writes website to access the videos and additional social media.

ELA Resources in WISELearn

English Language Arts Resources in WISELearn

Explore WISELearn Resources and find high-quality instructional materials contributed by Wisconsin educators in English Language Arts.

Stay Connected!

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The WI DPI English Language Arts PLC is a space where PK-16 ELA educators can engage in a dialogue around practice and research by adding ideas through links, posts, and comments.


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