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Academic Standards

What are Wisconsin Academic Standards?

The Relationship Between Vision, Principles, Process, and Content for Academic Standards

Wisconsin Academic Standards specify what students should know and be able to do in the classroom. They serve as goals for teaching and learning.

Setting high standards enables students, parents, educators, and citizens to know what students should have learned at a given point in time.

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.

Why are Academic Standards Important?

We must ensure that all children have equal access to high quality education programs. Clear statements about what students must know and be able to do are essential in making sure our schools offer opportunities to get the knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond the classroom.

What Informs the Implementation of Academic Standards?

Wisconsin’s Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning inform the design and implementation of all academic standards. All educational initiatives are guided and impacted by attitudes or principles for teaching and learning. 

The Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning provide the touchstone for practices that affect the vision of every child a graduate prepared for college and career. When made transparent, these principles inform what happens in the classroom, the implementation and evaluation of programs, and remind us of our own beliefs and expectations for students. See our Phase-by-Phase Rollout plan for more details.

Academic Standards Under Review and Revision

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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising academic standards. The process begins with a notice of intent to review an academic area with a public comment period. The State Superintendent’s Academic Standards Review Council examines those comments and recommends whether or not to revise or develop standards in that academic area. The State Superintendent authorizes whether or not to pursue a revision or development process.  Following this, a state writing committee is formed to work on revision or development of those standards for all grade levels. That draft is then made available for open review to get feedback from the public, key stakeholders, educators, and the Legislature with further review by the State Superintendent’s Academic Standards Review Council. The State Superintendent then determines adoption of the standards.

The State Superintendent has started revision of standards for the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and the Career and Technical Education cohort of standards. 

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Public Comment on Draft Standards

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Wisconsin Academic Standards


Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Art & Design Education

Business and Information Technology

Computer Science

Early Learning Standards 

English Language Arts (Revised)

Essential Elements:

English Language Arts

English Language Development (Revised)

    Environmental Literacy & Sustainability

      Family and Consumer Sciences

        Health Education

          Health Science

            Literacy in All Subjects

              Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship

                Mathematics (Revised)

                Essential Elements: Mathematics

                  Music Education

                    Nutrition Education

                      Personal Financial Literacy (Revised)

                        Physical Education (Revised)



                            Essential Elements: Science

                            Social Studies

                            Essential Elements: Social Studies

                            Technology and Engineering

                            Theatre Education

                            World Languages