Academic Standards Information

What are academic standards (such as the CCSS)?

Academic standards are expectations for what students should know and be able to do in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Common Core State Standards articulate this knowledge and skills in the areas of English language arts and mathematics.

Where can I find the CCSS?

There are two places to view and download the CCSS: Council of Chief State School Officers and National Governors Association sponsored website: or the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Common Core State Standards website: For up to date Wisconsin CCSS news, resources and opportunities, follow us on Twitter @WisDPICCSS.

Myths and Facts

Myth: The CCSS are not challenging enough.
Fact: The CCSS have dramatically improved the rigor of Wisconsin standards. A 2008 task force of educators, parents, higher education faculty, and business leaders were charged by former State Superintendent Burmaster to examine existing Wisconsin math and English standards and to make recommendations for improving them. This process was facilitated by the American Diploma Project, a non-profit organization responsible for assisting over 30 states examine their state standards for evidence of college and career readiness. At the end of this process in 2008, the task force recommended a complete revision of English Language Arts and mathematics standards to ensure college and career readiness for all Wisconsin students and submitted a number of key features that should be required of any Wisconsin college and career ready standards. The CCSS meet all of them; a conclusion verified through our own state consideration of the drafts of the CCSS, which included stakeholder meetings and a period of open comment on the draft standards. The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, a national conservative-leaning education think tank, estimates that Wisconsin experienced one of the highest jumps in rigor from old to new standards when we adopted the CCSS.