Wisconsin State Standards
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction adopted new curriculum State Standards in June, 2010. These new sets of standards were developed for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades K-12 with an emphasis on college and career readiness. The standards were developed by the National Governor’s Council and the Council of Chief State School Officers, with a coalition of other national education experts, through extensive national and international research. Forty-five states formally adopted the standards as the basis for the educational system in their state. Science and Social Studies standards are projected to be completed within the next few years.
Wrightstown ELA and Math teachers have been working with the new standards and how they impact students and classrooms since their adoption in 2010. Our students’ ability to know and demonstrate their understanding of these standards was assessed in 2014-15 on the Badger Exam. Students in Grades 3-8 were given the Badger Exam as part of new statewide assessment requirements. Results of the assessment will be used to help guide the District’s continued work with standards and curriculum.
The English Language Arts standards offer a new complexity, rigor, depth and comprehensiveness in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening and language. As teacher teams continue to work with the standards, they are learning not only what is expected of their students, but teachers are also considering how their classroom instruction needs to be adjusted to meet these standards.
The mathematics standards offer depth in mathematical concepts; a sharper focus with increased rigor and depth of understanding. Because the expectations from grade level to grade level have shifted in their rigor, placement and emphasis, teachers are finding it necessary to take the time to study these standards and understand just what is being required of students – and also of teachers.
Wrightstown teachers continue to work on curriculum development and alignment and heightened classroom expectations in order for students to meet the expectations outlined in the new standards. The Wisconsin State Standards are posted online at www.corestandards.org.