2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
January 10, 2014 - Introduced by Representatives Knudson, Kestell, Thiesfeldt,
Steineke, Pridemore, T. Larson, Schraa, Bernier, Born, Jacque, Jagler,
Kleefisch, LeMahieu, Murtha, Severson, Spiros, Tittl, Marklein, A. Ott,
Ripp and Bies, cosponsored by Senator Grothman. Referred to Committee on
1An Act to create
118.298 of the statutes; relating to: directing the Department
2of Public Instruction to establish model academic standards and granting
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill directs the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to promulgate rules
establishing model academic standards in mathematics, English, science, advanced
mathematics, social studies, and arts. The bill requires DPI, in promulgating each
rule, to appoint an advisory committee consisting of education professionals and
members of the public and to hold a public hearing in each of the state's congressional
The bill requires that the academic standards established by the rules:
1. Be clean, concise, objective, measurable, and grade-level appropriate;
2. Not require a particular teaching method or curriculum;
3. Are consistent with the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitutions; and
4. Raise pupils' academic performances.
Under the bill, the model academic standards are phased in over a six-year
period beginning with mathematics in the 2016-17 school year. Each rule sunsets
six years after its effective date.
Finally, the bill prohibits DPI from establishing academic standards except as
provided in the bill and prohibits DPI from revising or repealing the rules
promulgated under the bill.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
118.298 of the statutes is created to read:
2118.298 Model academic standards. (1)
For the purpose of raising the 3
academic expectations for pupils, the department shall promulgate the following 4
(a) Effective July 1, 2016, a rule establishing model academic standards in 6
(b) Effective July 1, 2017, a rule establishing model academic standards in 8
(c) Effective July 1, 2018, a rule establishing model academic standards in 10
(d) Effective July 1, 2019, a rule establishing model academic standards in 12
(e) Effective July 1, 2020, a rule establishing model academic standards in 14
(f) Effective July 1, 2021, a rule establishing model academic standards in arts.
In promulgating each rule, the department shall do all of the following:
(a) Appoint an advisory committee under s. 227.13 consisting of parents of 18
school-age children; public school, private school, and charter school teachers and 19
principals; members of school boards and charter school governing boards; members 20
of the faculty at postsecondary institutions in this state who teach core academic 21
subjects; members of boards of control of cooperative educational service agencies;
members of a statewide organization that represents the state's business 2
community; and other members of the public.
(b) Hold at least one public hearing under ss. 227.17 and 227.18 in each of this 4
state's congressional districts.
(c) Ensure that the rule-making process is open to the public to the greatest 6
extent feasible and consider all public comments.
(d) Ensure that the academic standard is clear, concise, objective, measurable, 8
and grade-level appropriate.
(e) Ensure that the academic standard does not require a particular teaching 10
method or curriculum.
(f) Ensure that the standard is consistent with the U.S. Constitution and the 12
(g) Ensure that the academic standard will have the effect of raising pupils' 14
(a) The advisory committee appointed under sub. (2) (a) shall meet and 16
take public testimony before the rule-making process for the rules promulgated 17
under this section begins and shall meet periodically thereafter during the process.
(b) The department shall maintain a record of the testimony before the advisory 19
committee and a record of recommendations made by the advisory committee. The 20
department shall make the testimony and the recommendations publicly available 21
as quickly as possible and provide a copy to the chairpersons of the committees in the 22
assembly and senate whose subject matter is elementary and secondary education.
Each rule promulgated under this section shall specify that it does not apply 24
beginning on the first day of the 72nd month beginning after the effective date of the 25
(a) Any academic standards adopted by the department and in effect on the 2
effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date], may not be revised. They 3
remain in effect until the academic standards promulgated by rule under this section 4
(b) The department may not establish academic standards except as provided 6
in this section. The department may not revise or repeal the rules promulgated 7
under this section.