Timeline of Common Core in Wisconsin


Common Core State Standards were adopted by Wisconsin State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, Tony Evers for Math and English in Wisconsin on June 2, 2010.


“Wisconsin is ready to make the Common Core State Standards its academic standards for curriculum instruction and assessment.  These standards are aligned with college and career expectations, will ensure academic consistency throughout the state and across other states that adopt them, and have been benchmarked against international standards from high-performing countries.”

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.

Starting on January 1, 2014 the GED in Wisconsin will be aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Longitudinal Data Systems

Wisconsin has initiated a project to build an Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System to house Common Core information.

„Key policy questions to be answered by the Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System are:

  • „Options for assigning a unique ID to children, providers and programs.
  • „Identification of essential common data elements and strategies for developing common data strategies.
  • „Identification of short-term (low-cost, high return) opportunities for data linkages.
  • „Identification of long-term data sharing architecture and strategies.
  • „Strategies for addressing existing data gaps.
  • „Strategies for data governance and usage.
  • „Strategies for data quality assurance.
  • „Strategies for privacy protection and security practices and policies.
  • „Strategies for engaging state and local stakeholders (including the ECAC, policymakers, researchers, service providers and parents) in system building and sustainability efforts.
  • Identification of additional funding sources for building and maintaining the system.

Why Did Wisconsin Sign Onto Common Core State Standards?

„In return for signing onto Common Core State Standards, Wisconsin received a waiver for No Child Left Behind mandates.  Here is the application for Wisconsin’s No-Child-Left Behind Waiver: http://dpi.wi.gov/files/esea/pdf/waiver-final.pdf

„The entire document provides for the state to comply with Common Core, follow a “sustainable development curriculum”  and “align” itself with national and international standards.  But particularly egregious is this statement from page 42 (by way of PDF, or page 35 as labeled in the document) which seems to indicate that DPI will ultimately control the voucher schools:

„”To address these issues, the Accountability Design Team developed a statewide accountability framework that specifically includes all state schools, including traditional public schools and charter schools, regardless of Title funding, as well as private schools participating in Parental Choice Programs (PCP). All schools receiving state funds will be part of the state accountability and support system. DPI will use this opportunity to not only include all schools, but also to increase accountability through the implementation of aggressive policies designed to address persistently low-achieving schools in the state.”

Wisconsin also received $22.7MM in Race To The Top funds in exchange for signing onto Common Core State Standards.

One wonders whether the education of Wisconsin’s children is for sale to the highest bidder…

DPI Provided CCSS Resources

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About Jeffrey Horn

Jeffrey D. Horn is a father of four children, a grassroots activist, and a data scientist. He is the author of the essay "LEARNING WITH LEVIATHAN: OBJECTIFICATION, SURVEILLANCE, AND CONTROL IN A CONCEALED COMMAND ECONOMY" in the book "Common Ground on Common Core: Voices from across the Political Spectrum Expose the Realities of the Common Core State Standards." Earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he also holds a master’s degree in mathematics and a Ph. D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. A professional programmer, he works daily to build infrastructure that can be used to leverage Big Data in improving advertising, medical decisions, investing, and more. Very conscious of the tension that exists between technology and personal freedom, he has been educating and advocating against Common Core and high-stakes testing in Wisconsin for several years. Over the course of 2013 and 2014, he spearheaded an initiative to unite a variety of organizations and individuals on Common Core related issues for the purpose of sending several open letters to state-level public officials in Wisconsin. The letters ultimately helped to ensure a series of public hearings on Common Core at locations around the state in late 2013. You can contact Jeff via email at jeffreydhorn@gmail.com or via Twitter: @jeffreydhorn

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