Wisconsin: College and Career Policies

The assessments that are required are: The Smarter Balanced Assessment (Smarter) in grades 3-8 n English Language Arts (ELA); Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) at grades 3-11 in ELA; ACT Aspire at grades 9 & 10, and The ACT at grade 11 for ELA and Writing.

The Commissioner/Superintendent of Education has authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.

To clearly identify what students should know and be able to do in order to lead healthy lives, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction created the Wisconsin Standards for Health Education. This document builds upon earlier efforts, including the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards (1997) and the National Health Education Standards (2006). Wisconsin adopted Health Education Standards in 2011.

On June 2, 2010, Wisconsin formally adopted the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Under the changes to 2013 Act 63, Wisconsin requires 2 credits of mathematics to graduate for the class of 2016, and 3 credits for every graduating class thereafter.

Administrators must complete a professional development plan in order to renew a license.

The assessments that are required are: The Smarter Balanced Assessment (Smarter) in grades 3-8 in Mathematics; Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) at grades 3-11 in Mathematics; ACT Aspire at grades 9 & 10, and The ACT at grade 11 for Mathematics. ACT WorkKeys at grade 11.

Wisconsin has standards in both Dance and Theatre Education.

Wisconsin adopted Physical Education standards in 2010.

Wisconsin adopted standards in Art and Design Education in 2000.

Wisconsin has not adopted any professional development standards.

The Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction has full authority to adopt assessments.

These credits incorporate biological sciences and physical sciences.

Wisconsin created the Educator Effectiveness System to improve support, practice, and outcomes. It serves as a roadmap to assist teachers in moving professional practice from Point A to Point B, through a fair, valid, reliable, and manageable process using multiple measures across two main areas: educator practice and student outcomes. 50% of this evaluation should be based on student performance measures.

The assessments that are required are: Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) at grades 4, 8, and 10 in Science and The ACT at grade 11 for Science. ACT WorkKeys at grade 11.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction oversees the teacher certification process.

The five strands of Social Studies:

In order to become a certified teacher in Wisconsin, an applicant must pass hold a bachelor's degree and complete an approved teacher preparation program at an accredited institution.

Under the changes to 2013 Act 63, Wisconsin requires 3 credits of social studies to graduate.

The Wisconsin State Superintendent adopts the rules by which teacher preparation programs are assessed.

The assessment required is the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) at grades 4, 8, and 10 in Social Studies.

Teachers need to meet approved standards, so therefore teacher preparation programs must address these standards.

On June 2, 2010, Wisconsin formally adopted the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

All teachers in Wisconsin are to create a professional development plan approved by the state superintendent in order to renew their license.

This includes writing composition.

Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Foreign Languages reflects the latest research in the field of second language instruction as presented in Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century.1 This document, developed by leaders in second language education from across the United States, outlines standards for language learning. The Wisconsin content standards were adopted from this national document.

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.