Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Wisconsin was among the first to adopt the Common Core State Standards for math and English language arts in 2010.

Recently Governor Scott Walker commented that he would like Wisconsin to develop unique standards that he thinks can be higher or stronger than the Common Core. This prompted the creation of Select Committees for Review of the Common Core Standards Initiative. Jointly, these committees are holding four public hearings in October around the state.

There are many misperceptions being circulated about the CCSS including they are not rigorous, they take away local control/mandate curriculum, and they are not internationally benchmarked. These statements are inaccurate.

Consider these facts about the Common Core State Standards:

  • Now more than ever, the economy demands innovative thinking, and high expectations. The Common Core State Standards move beyond memorizing facts to challenge our students to develop a deeper understanding of subject matter, learn how to think critically, and apply what they are learning to the real world.
  • The Common Core State Standards have dramatically improved the rigor from our previous state standards.
  • The Common Core State Standards are not a curriculum. They are a clear set of expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals and administrators decide how the standards are to be met. Teachers continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in the classrooms.
  • The Common Core State Standards are designed to ensure students leave school with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and careers and are aligned with the expectations of higher education and employers.
  • The Common Core State Standards are benchmarked to the highest U.S. state and international standards.


updated: October 22, 2013

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