Common Core in Wisconsin:
Common Core State Standards

Wisconsin has left implementation of the Common Core completely in the hands of local school districts, but the state is also participating in writing the Next Generation Science Standards.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

In 2013, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill delaying the implementation of CCSS until a written evaluation was submitted to the legislature, but the Senate did not take up this bill.


SB619 would stop implementation of Common Core standards and instead set state standards by a board of academics. AB616 would prevent the collection of data by devices assessing students’ emotional health. AB617 would encourage the Department of Public Instruction to form model academic standards.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Wisconsin

None at this time

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Updated: 5/26/2014