Wisconsin Education Standards
Elementary [Wis. Stat. sec. 121.02(1)(L)1] and Grades 5-8 [Wis. Stat. sec. 121.02(1)(L)2] require "regular" instruction in social studies. "Regular" is defined as instruction each week for the entire school term in sufficient frequency and length to meet district curricular requirements (go to standard L on page 10 for definition).
Grades 9-12 [Wis. Stat. sec. 121.02(1)(L)3] require access to an educational program that allows students each year to study social studies.
State Education Standard (k) requires districts to have a written, sequential curriculum plan for social studies, which includes objectives, course content, resources, a program evaluation method, and allocation of instructional time (go to standard (k), page 9 of document). The curriculum plan must be reviewed at least once every five years and revised as appropriate [Wis. Stat. sec. 121.02(1)(k)].
At least three credits of social studies including state and local government are required for public high school graduation [Wis. Stat. sec. 118.33(1)(a)1.b].
Each public and private school must display the U.S. flag, and in public schools, either the pledge of allegiance or the national anthem must be offered each day in grades 1-12. No pupil may be compelled to recite the pledge or sing the anthem [Wisc. Stat. sec. 118.06].
The history of organized labor and the collective bargaining process was incorporated into Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Social Studies as required by Wisc. Stat. sec. 115.28(55). The Wisconsin Labor History Society was also a trusted partner in reviewing the revised Wisconsin Standards for Social Studies to ensure compliance with the law.
Beginning with the class of 2017, any student graduating from a public, charter, or choice school in Wisconsin must pass a civics test identical to the USCIS immigration test [Wisc. Stat. sec. 118.33(1m)(a)].
Educational Goals and Expectations: Citizenship [Wisc. Stat. sec. 118.01(2)(c)]
- an understanding of all levels of government;
- a commitment to the basic values of the country;
- skills to participate in political life;
- understanding of the roles of organizations, resources, state, national, and world history;
- Appreciation and understanding of different value systems and cultures, along with an understanding of human relations.
Constitution Day Federal Code 36 USC 106
Federal law requires any school district receiving federal funds to offer programming on the U.S. Constitution annually on September 17.