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World Language Standards Under Review –
Notice of Intent July 13, 2018

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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 period for public comment. The State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council examines submitted comments and recommends whether to revise or continue use of existing standards. If the need for revision is established, DPI convenes a state writing committee to develop revised standards for all grade levels. The public, key stakeholders, educators, and the Legislature receive open access to the draft standards for review and feedback. The State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council conducts a final review and offers a recommendation to the State Superintendent. The State Superintendent determines whether to adopt the standards as revised.

Here are links to resources describing the standards review, revision and adoption process. The Notice of Intent for Review of Academic Standards for World Languages opens on July 13, 2018. If authorized for revision, the Standards Review Council will meet to review draft Standards on September 27, 2018.

Questions related to this process may be sent to:

Model Academic Standards for Learning Languages Other Than English

The 1997 Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Foreign Languages reflect the goal areas of the national academic Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century (1996). The World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages (2015) build upon these identified goal areas to define college, career and world-readiness through world language learning. This version of the Standards includes targeted attention to literacy and 21st century skill development. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages published revised performance indicators benchmarked by language proficiency level in November of 2017. The NCSSFL-ACTFL Can Do Statements include new intercultural communication learning goals representing intercultural investigations and interactions. These benchmarks provide goals for helping students investigate cultural products and practices to understand cultural perspectives and to interact with others in and from other cultures. The Department of Public Instruction is committed to supporting local school communities as they develop and implement standards and proficiency-based world language education programs for a world-ready Wisconsin. Review and potential revision of our State Standards for World Languages will add value to this process.

For more information, please contact DPI World Languages and International Education Consultant, Pam Delfosse at