Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - Wisconsin

December 2016


Data are collected using publicly available state statute, administrative code and, in some cases, curriculum and standards frameworks. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.


Description Citation/Link
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies High School Graduation Requirements
Are there high school graduation requirement in civics or citizenship education? Graduation requirements include "3 credits of social studies including state and local government." 

Civics Test Graduation Requirement added in 2015.  Starting with the class of 2017, in order to receive a diploma from a Wisconsin public school, students must pass 60 of 100 questions identical to the USCIS citizenship exam.  
Wi. Stat. §118.33(1)(a)1, Wis. Adm. Code PI 18.03
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Social Studies (grade-cluster standards) include a strand of standards for “Political Science and Citizenship.” The goal of the strand is for students to “acquire the knowledge of political systems necessary for developing individual civic responsibility.”

Sample standards/benchmarks include: identifying and explaining the individual's responsibilities to family, peers, and the community, including the need for civility and respect for diversity (by the end of grade 4), Locating, organizing, and using relevant information to understand an issue of public concern, take a position, and advocate the position in a debate (by the end of grade 8), and identifying ways people may participate effectively in community affairs and the political process (by the end of grade 12).
Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Social Studies (1997)

http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/standards/New%20pdfs/WMAS%20for%20Social%20Studies.pdf
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education N/A
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies Forward Exam tests students in social studies at grades 4, 8 and 10. Test content focuses on content from the five social studies content standards. ​Forward Exam
http://dpi.wi.gov/assessment/forward



 
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies School boards are required to provide instruction that, among other things, gives pupils an understanding of the basic workings of all levels of government, including the duties and responsibilities of citizenship, and the skills to participate in political life.  

"Beginning September 1, 1991, as part of the social studies curriculum, include instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in this state at least twice in the elementary grades and at least once in the high school grades." 

Any students graduating from a Wisconsin high school (starting with the class of 2017) "takes a civics test comprised of 100 questions that may be asked of an individual during the process of applying for U.S. citizenship by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the pupil correctly answers at least 60 of those questions."

 
Wi. Stat. § 118.01(2)c & Wi. Stat § 121.02(1)(L)4, Wi. Stat. sec. 118.33(1m)(a)1, Section 3266R
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies Social studies credits required shall incorporate instruction that reflects the integrated nature of social studies, including civics, state and local government, economics, geography, history, and the behavioral sciences.

State also includes the purpose of promoting good citizenship in education for employment programs.


 
PI 18.03, PI 26.01

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