Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards: Aligned with State Standards
WMELS Aligned w/ WI Academic Standards & their relationship to the WI Essential Elements
The WMELS address expectations for young children from birth to 1st grade. The WI Academic State Standards (formerly the Common Core State Standards: CCSS) address what students should know and be able to do from K- 12th grade. The WI Essential Elements (formerly the Common Core Essential Elements: CCEE), are based on the WI Academic Standards and address what children with disabilities should know and be able to do from K-12th grade.
The WMELS and the WI Academic State Standards both address the kindergarten level, therefore it is suggested that local school districts use both the WI Academic State Standards and the WMELS to guide curriculum, instruction and assessment decisions.
For information regarding the alignment between the WMELS and the WI Academic Standards, and their relationsihp to WI Essential Elements, please refer to pages 107-113 in the WMELS 4th edition.
WI Academic Standards (formerly Common Core State Standards: CCSS)
The WI Academic Standards specify what students should know and be able to do in the classroom. Wisconsin has academic standards for seprarate content areas and they serve as goals for teaching & learning. Clear statements about what students must know and be able to do are essential to ensure that Wisconsin schools offer opportunities to students to acquire the knowledge and skills necesary for success.
For more information about the WI Academic Standards follow this link: http://dpi.wi.gov/standards
Planning for Early Literacy Success: Intersection between WMELS & CCSS (Live Binder)
Guidance on setting learning expectations in language and early literacy for 4K that reflect both the WI Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) and the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts (CCSS-ELS). Includes resources on using recommended practice and research, local data, and alignment documents that show WMELS and CCSS-ELA for birth-5, kindergarten and first grade.
To access the Live Binder, follow this link: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=892140#anchor
The WI Essential Elements (formerly Common Core Essential Elements: CCEE)
All students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, deserve and have a right to a quality educational experience. This right includes, to the maximum extent possible, the opportunity to be involved in and meet the same challenging expectations that have been established for all students. Wisconsin educators collaborated with educators from 12 other states to create alternate achievement standards aligned to the WI Academic State Standards. These alternate achievement standards are called the WI Essential Elements in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
For more information about the WI Essential Elements, follow this link: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/topics/essential-elements
NEW! Alignment with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
The 2016 Head Start performance standards require that programs align school readiness goals with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and state early learning standards (Head Start Performance Standards, 1302.102 (a), 3). In order to meet the standard and support collaboration and transition between early childhood programs, the Wisconsin Alignment was developed with a cross-sector group of professionals including Head Start, YoungStar, and early childhood professional development experts. The document was reviewed by stakeholders and will remain a living document that learns and adapts with the early childhood field.
To access the alignment, please click here.