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Wisconsin's Adoption of the Common Core State Standards


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.

How will Wisconsin assess the Common Core State Standards?

States will select an aligned assessment to the CCSS where scores will be available sooner than ever before, providing parents and teachers the ability to intervene quickly and support struggling students.  Wisconsin’s selected state assessment must match the academic demands of the CCSS, reflect the instructional shifts evident in the CCSS, and measure college and career readiness. To that end, Wisconsin is committed to an assessment system aligned to the CCSS in both letter and spirit, which will also include a college entrance assessment such as the ACT.  Wisconsin will continue to work with Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop a system of multiple assessments at grades 3-11, including formative, interim, and summative tools, as well as resources that will assist with further CCSS implementation.


What You Need to Know About the Common Core

CCSS What You Need to Know About English Language Art

CCSS What You Need to Know About Mathematics

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

ELA CCSS Overview

Mathematics CCSS Overview

DPI Mathematics home page

DPI ELA home page

DPI Professional Learning On Demand

WI Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning

Principles for Teaching and Learning Research Briefs





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