Higher Education



Wisconsin's Adoption of the Common Core State Standards


The Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to graduate college and career ready. The CCSS are rigorous, internationally-benchmarked English language arts and mathematics standards that are designed to ensure that students leave school with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and careers.  The CCSS are NOT a national or state curriculum nor are they federally mandated.  They were developed by a team of experts, educators and stakeholders in a process led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.  Since 2010, the CCSS have garnered support from business, professional, advocacy, and policy stakeholders, and also have the support of national parent organizations.

In Wisconsin, the CCSS are linked to the Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA) and the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Exam for pre-service educators.


Higher Education and the Common Core State Standards in Wisconsin (best viewed in Google Chrome)

The Higher Education and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Wisconsin LiveBinder provides higher education faculty with general information about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It increases understanding by increasing awareness of K-12 CCSS resources for faculty who teach undergraduate and developmental courses, increasing alignment between 2- and 4-year schools, ensuring a common language about baseline skills for transfer students, and providing guidance for adult and basic education institutions.  This resource also increases the ability of teacher education faculty to better prepare future teachers to teach the CCSS, bring awareness of disciplinary and mathematics literacy to all education fields, and provide additional resources for deeper learning around the CCSS.

UPDATED Wisconsin and the Common Core State Standards: Myths and Facts

Introduction to Common Core

The Crucial Role of Higher Education in CCSS

An Action Plan for Higher Education

Common Core and College Completion:  A Shared Agenda for K-12 and Higher Education

Common Core Postsecondary Collaborative:  Framework to Aid State and System Implementation Planning, Draft Sept. 2012

College Readiness Partnership Recommendations May 15, 2013




For questions about this information, contact Connie Ellingson (608) 267-9155