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World Language Education

Draft Standards for World Languages

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising academic standards. The process began with a Notice of Intent to review and a public comment period which began on July 13, 2018.  The State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council examined those comments and recommended to revise the standards. The State Superintendent authorized the writing of new Wisconsin Academic Standards for World Languages.

The writing committee has developed a draft of the new standards. The first draft was released on January 28, 2019 for public review and provided to the education committees of the legislature. After the 30 day comment period ended, the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council provided further review on April 3. The council passed their recommendation to adopt the revised standards to the State Superintendent, who will decide upon the adoption of the standards.

If we start training for sports at a young age, why not do the same with languages? Can you imagine if a high school quarterback had to start freshman year? It doesn't make any sense.

- Student participant in Wisconsin’s First Global Youth Summit (2013)



Wisconsin Language Roadmap Report

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The Wisconsin Language Roadmap Report provides a vision and recommendations for building a world-ready Wisconsin through effective and sustained language, intercultural and global learning. The Roadmap Report can guide local world language program strategic planning, development and evaluation. Cross-sector partnerships at the local, regional and state-level are encouraged to build the systems of support required for all students to have access to the benefits of world language learning. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to take collective action to improve students’ college, career, and community readiness through language learning.


Wisconsin State Statutes require access to world language education beginning in grade 7. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction strongly recommends beginning regular world language instruction as early as possible in the elementary grades. Instruction should be in the target language 90% of the time (ACTFL Recommendations) with a curriculum based on Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Learning World Languages.

World language teaching and learning strengthens literacy skills through building the capacity to speak, listen, write and read in another language. The close alignment of World Language Standards and Common Core Standards provides a strong platform for including world language teachers in curriculum planning for other subject areas.

World language education is a strong component of international/global education. The new Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate requires a sequence of four years of learning a world language at a minimum. Strategies and initiatives in support of world language education programs are grounded in the larger effort to strengthen global education in Wisconsin’s schools. For more information on global education, see

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For questions about this information, contact Pamela Delfosse (608) 267-9265