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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 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 Standards Review Council. The State Superintendent then determines adoption of the standards.

The State Superintendent has started revision of standards in Environmental Education, Social Studies, and Essential Elements Science and review of standards for Theatre and  School Counseling.  Go to the subject pages for more information.

Wisconsin Academic Standards

 

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources


Art & Design Education
 


Business and Information Technology


Computer Science (New)
 


Dance
 


Early Learning Standards 
 


English Language Arts
 


Environmental Education
 


Family and Consumer Sciences


Health Education
 


Health Science
 


Information and Technology Literacy (Revised)


Literacy in All Subjects
 


Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship 


Mathematics 
 


Music Education (Revised)
 


Nutrition Education
 


Personal Financial Literacy
 


Physical Education


School Counseling


 

Science (Revised)
 


Social Studies
 


Technology and Engineering


Theatre Education
 


World Languages 
 


Wisconsin Essential Elements: ELA


Wisconsin Essential Elements: Mathematics 


Wisconsin Essential Elements: Science