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Press release – Hearings on college and career ready standards
WI Dept of “Public” Instruction
News Release ### NOTE: This news release is available electronically at http://news.dpi.wi.gov/files/eis/pdf/dpinr2013_157.pdf
Education Information Services 125 South Webster Street P.O. Box 7841 Madison, WI 53707-7841 (608) 266-3559
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DPI-NR 2013-157
Friday, December 13, 2013
Contact: Patrick Gasper, DPI Communications Officer, (608) 266-3559
Hearings on college and career ready standards to be held Dec. 19
MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will conduct three hearings to accept specific public testimony and comment on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English language arts. The hearings will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, from 3 to 6 p.m., in three locations around the state. Those locations will be:
• CESA 12, 618 Beaser Avenue, Ashland, WI 54806;
• Logan Middle School, 450 Avon Street, La Crosse, WI 54603; and
• Mary McLeod Bethune Academy, 1535 North 35th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208.
Under state law (see 2013 Wisconsin Act 20), the department is required to hold at least three public meetings and take public testimony regarding the adoption of educational standards. In receiving public testimony, the DPI will follow standard administrative hearing procedure with department staff present to receive testimony. Testimony can be presented orally at these hearings or submitted in written form.
Wisconsin has model academic standards in multiple subject areas, but the focus of these hearings will be on the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts. Through the current and previous state budget bills signed into law by the governor, the Legislature has required the department to adopt college and career ready standards, the CCSS, and to implement new state assessments by 2014-15 that are aligned to the CCSS.
The hearing sites are fully accessible to people with disabilities. Additional information about the CCSS can be found at http://commoncore.dpi.wi.gov/ . The fiscal impact of the CCSS by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau and the department’s evaluation of the CCSS are available at http://standards.dpi.wi.gov/ccss-why .
Written comments on the CCSS may be submitted via U.S. mail (address: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, PO Box 7841, Madison WI 53707-7841) or e-mail to CCSSTestimony@dpi.wi.gov no later than Jan. 3, 2014, and will receive the same consideration as testimony presented at the hearings.