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Academic Standards


What are academic standards?

Academic standards tell us what students should know and be able to do in the classroom.  Wisconsin has standards for 24 separate subjects.

Why are academic standards important?

Standards provide goals for teaching and learning. Standards are clear statements about what students must know and be able to do.

What does an academic standard look like? 

Seventh grade mathematics: solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.

How do standards differ from curriculum?

While standards provide the goals for learning, curriculum is the day to day activity that helps a student meet those goals. Curriculum, which should be thought of as the student's overall classroom experience, is affected by lesson plans, classroom assessments, textbooks, and more. In Wisconsin, curriculum is developed and approved by local school boards to meet their local needs.

Click here for more information about Wisconsin's academic standards

My Wisconsin Standards 

As part of our efforts to support Wisconsin academic standards, we highlight different mathematics and English language arts standards throughout the month. Resources and examples are provided that help parents and educators understand the standards.   

Discuss and share information using the #MyWIStandard hashtag on Twitter and through the My Wisconsin Standards website. Join the conversation! Your voice matters.