Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/14/2023 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Report with Possible Action on Academic Standards
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
File Attachment:
Background: As required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, a notice identifying the academic standards adopted by the school board is included as an item on the Board's agenda at the start of the school year. The academic standards addressed in this information are:

1. Common Core State Standards: On September 27, 2012, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors received a report on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and they serve as the foundation of instruction in the classroom and of professional development for teachers and principals.

2. The Common Core Essential Elements (CCEE) were developed to provide students who have significant intellectual disabilities the opportunity to be involved in and to meet the same challenging expectations that have been established for all students in the CCSS.

3. In September 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released career and technical education standards that are being used in our setting high expectations for students to be prepared for college and career. These standards, which have been developed for grade bands PK-5, 6-8, and 9-12 cover six content areas:
• Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
• Business and Information Technology
• Family and Consumer Sciences
• Health Science
• Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship
• Technology and Engineering

4. On May 27, 2014, the Board supported two initiatives aligned to the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards' (WMELS) plan and testing. The WMELS stresses the importance of creating a base of child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities. These standards reflect the belief that children should be provided with opportunities to explore and to apply new skills through child-initiated and teacher-¬ initiated activities and through interactions with peers, adults, and materials.

5. In November 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, which identify content and science and engineering practices that all students should learn from kindergarten through 12th grade. These include elementary science, physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering, technology and applications of science in middle and high school.

6. In 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction adopted Standards for Social Studies. These standards provide a foundation of what students should know and be able to do at the appropriate grade levels.

7. On June 3, 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction reaffirmed the Common Core State Standards for World Languages were developed to parallel the English Language Arts and the development of bilingualism and biliteracy.

8. At its May 2021 meeting, the Board adopted the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's English Language Development (ELD) Standards, an interactive social process that occurs over time to expand what multilingual learners can do with language. The foundation of the standards is communication: students communicate information, concepts, and ideas in all aspects of learning and in every area of the school. The standards are aligned to the academic content standards to plan for both language and content learning, allowing for engagement of multilingual students in the learning process.

9. Per the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, all of the academic areas not covered by CCSS and CCEE and WMELS are covered by Wisconsin Academic Standards:
• Art and Design Education
• Dance
• Environmental Education
• Health Education
• Information and Technology Literacy
• Music Education
• Nutrition Education
• Personal Financial Literacy
• Physical Education
• Reading
•School Counseling
•Theatre Education
•World Languages
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Felicia Saffold, Ed.D. - Senior Director, Curriculum & Instruction
Signed By:
Jennifer Mims Howell - Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent