Common Core State Standards

English Language Arts Mathematics Literacy in All Subjects

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) team creates and organizes the educator resources to ensure world class, innovative, digitally rich, standards-based teaching and learning.We communicate, create, and curate CCSS resources.


State Superintendent Tony Evers Message Regarding Standards and Assessments


CCSS Partners


CCSS Partner Informational Application


Wisconsin adopted the Common Core State Standards as Wisconsin's mathematics and English language arts standards in 2010. Teachers, content experts, parents, and community leaders all weighed in to help create the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Literacy in All Subjects, and these standards have been adopted by over 45 states.

Wisconsin is also participating in a multi-state project to develop new common standards for science.   Led by the National Research Council, a framework was developed to guide the writing of science standards. Achieve, Inc., is leading the development of Next Generation Science Standards based on this framework. Expect a final draft version in Spring of 2013.

Wisconsin Assessment System

Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, Wisconsin's state assessment will be based on the CCSS. Wisconsin is a governing state within the multi-state consortium called the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SMARTER). Through SMARTER, a common state summative assessment will be created and will replace the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam.  Wisconsin is also interested in adopting a college entrance exam as part of a balanced assessment system.

In addition to SMARTER, Wisconsin is involved in developing both new alternate achievement standards and a new alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Dynamic Learning Maps is charged with developing new alternate achievement standards, called Common Core Essential Elements (CCEEs), which are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. A new assessment will be developed to align with these standards.

CCSS Resources

Letter from State Superintendent for District Implementation

Press Release

Implementation Plan and Timeline

Questions and Answers about Common Core State Standards

Aligning Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards with Common Core State Standards

Implementation Resources from Learning Point Associates

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