Academic Standards





Academic standards specify what students should know and be able to do. Wisconsin has academic standards for 21 separate content areas, and adopted Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics in 2010. In addition, Wisconsin adopted Common Core State Standards for Literacy in All Subjects.

For more general information on general common core standards, please click here.

Order Wisconsin Common Core State Standards Guidance Documents.


Standards serve as rigorous 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. Clear statements about what students must know and be able to do are essential to ensure that our schools offer students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success. In addition, public education is a state responsibility. The state superintendent and legislature must ensure that all children have equal access to high quality education programs. This requires clear statements of what all children in the state should know and be able to do as well as evidence that students are meeting these expectations. Furthermore, academic standards form a sound basis on which to establish the content of a statewide assessment system.



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 important and often unstated attitudes or principles for teaching and learning. The Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning emerge from research and provide the touchstone for practices that truly 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 most important, remind us of our own beliefs and expectations for students. For more information, follow the links below.

Wisconsin Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning

  1. Every student has the right to learn.
  2. Instruction must be rigorous and relevant.
  3. Purposeful assessment drives instruction and affects learning.
  4. Learning is a collaborative responsibility.
  5. Students bring strengths and experiences to learning.
  6. Responsive environments engage learners.
    PDF of Guiding Principles one pager
    PDF of Guiding Principles research briefs


Wisconsin Academic Standards


Reading Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Art & Design Education Business and Information Technology
Dance Disciplinary Literacy Early Learning Standards English Language Arts
Environmental Education Family and Consumer Sciences Health Education Health Science
Information and Technology Literacy Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship Mathematics Music Education
Nutrition Education Personal Financial Literacy Physical Education School Counseling
Science Social Studies Technology and Engineering Theatre Education
World Languages      


For questions about this information, contact Connie Ellingson (608) 267-9155, Beverly Kniess (608) 266-3706