Curriculum Standards

Wisconsin Statute 121.02 (1) (L):

In grades 5 to 8, provide regular instruction in reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, physical education, art and music. The school board shall also provide pupils with an introduction to career exploration and planning. In grades 7 and 8 provide regular instruction in foreign language. Regular instruction means instruction each week for the entire school term in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans.

In middle level formats that offer or require a variety of exploratory experiences for pupils, such as foreign language, business education and marketing education, regular instruction in health, art and general music may be provided as follows:

  1. in grades 5 and 6, each week for the entire school term or the equivalent in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans. 
  2. in grades 7 and 8, in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans. 

Wisconsin Statute 121.02 (1) (F):

Annually schedule ... at least 1,050 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 1 to 6 and at least 1,137 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 7 to 12. Scheduled hours under this subdivision include recess and time for pupils to transfer between classes but do not include the lunch period. The school hours are computed as the period from the start to the close of each pupil's daily instructional schedule. No more than 30 minutes per day may be counted for recess.

Reading, Language Arts
Regular instruction means instruction each week for the entire school term in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans. At the middle school level, a separate course in reading is not required; reading is recommended to be integrated in the overall English language arts curriculum

Social Studies
Regular instruction means instruction each week for the entire school term in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans. In grades kindergarten through 8, include instruction in the social studies curriculum in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in this state in at least two grade levels (and in at least one grade level in grades 9 through 12).

Mathematics
Regular instruction means instruction each week for the entire school term in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans.

Science
Regular instruction means instruction each week for the entire school term in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans.

Physical Education
K-6: In grades kindergarten through 6 shall be provided at least three times weekly, except that days on which special activities are conducted may be exempt; and shall be conducted by or under the direction of a licensed physical education teacher. Pupils in grade 6 may be scheduled in accordance with the criteria for scheduling grades 7 through 12, if the pupils are attending a school that includes any of those grades.
7-12: All pupils in grades 7 through 12 shall participate in the instructional program of physical education taught by a licensed physical education teacher, except that in senior high schools one year or the equivalent may be optional to pupils.

Health
In grades 5-8: Health instruction is to be provided each week for the entire school year or its equivalent (this could be a block of time totaling 36 class periods for 9 weeks, a semester, etc.).

In middle level formats that offer or require a variety of exploratory experiences for pupils, regular instruction in health may be provided as follows:

     In grades 5-6, instruction is each week for an entire year or its equivalent.

     In grades 7-8, schools have three alternatives:

  1. a required course
  2. an elective course
  3. health instruction units integrated in other disciplines

Sometime between grades 7-12 at least one health education course taught by a certified health teacher must be provided. (At least a half [0.5] credit of health education required for high school graduation is to be successfully completed sometime between grades 7-12). Supervision of health instruction at the K-6 level by a certified health teacher (this supervision requirement is a helping role by the health teacher and not an evaluation role of the elementary teaching staff). In grades 7 through 12 health education shall be conducted by or under the supervision of a licensed health teacher.

Art and Design
Art and design instruction shall be provided for all pupils in grades kindergarten through 6 and shall be performed by or under the direction of a licensed art teacher. Students are required to receive art and design instruction. The state legislation says that art and design instruction shall be provided for all pupils in grades 7 and 8 and shall be taught by a licensed art teacher. DPI's administrative rules require that access be provided, but students are not required to take the course.

Art and design instruction shall be available to all pupils in grades 9 through 12 and shall be taught by a licensed art teacher.

In middle level formats which offer or require a variety of exploratory experiences for pupils, regular instruction in art may be provided as follows:

  1. in grades 5 and 6, each week for the entire school term or the equivalent in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans. Therefore, this could be in a block of 36 days (the equivalent of weekly) or grades 5-6 could have eight weeks of daily instruction in art and that would meet the requirement.
  2. in grades 7 and 8, in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans. For example, a grade seven or eight class could have health, art, or music for a block of time, weekly, or integrated within another class, so long as the instruction is provide by a licensed art teacher.

Music
Music instruction shall be provided for all pupils in grades kindergarten through 6 and shall be performed by or under the direction of a licensed music teacher. Students are required to receive music instruction. The state legislation says that music instruction shall be provided for all pupils in grades 7 and 8 and shall be taught by a licensed music teacher. DPI's administrative rules require that access be provided, but students are not required to take the course. Music instruction shall be available to all pupils in grades 9 through 12 and shall be taught by a licensed music teacher.

In middle level formats that offer or require a variety of exploratory experiences for pupils, regular instruction in music may be provided as follows:

  1. in grades 5 and 6, each week for the entire school term or the equivalent in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans. Therefore, this could be in a block of 36 days (the equivalent of weekly) or grades 5-6 could have eight weeks of daily instruction in general music and that would meet the requirement.
  2. in grades 7 and 8, in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and allocation of instructional time identified in the curriculum plans. For example, a grade seven or eight class could have music for a block of time, weekly, or integrated within another class, so long as the instruction is provided by a licensed music teacher.

Music instruction including general music, vocal music, and instrumental music shall be available to all pupils in grades 7 through 12 and shall be taught by a licensed music teacher. At least one course in each area (general music, vocal music, and instrumental music) must be available to all grade 7-12 students in each grade. Availability means that any student electing that course is to be accommodated. Such accommodation can be as study through school district course offerings, independent study, computer-assisted study, cooperative educational service agencies, or cooperative arrangements between school district boards under s.66.30, Stats., and postsecondary education institutions (from PI 8.001(1), Wis. Admin. Code). The school district board shall make all courses as widely available to all pupils as possible; however, an individual pupil's scheduling conflict does not constitute denial of access to a course.

General, or non-performance, music courses must be available in grades 7-12 such that a student choosing a general music course each year would not be required to repeat a course.

World Languages
In grades 7 and 8, provide regular instruction in foreign language. Regular instruction means access to instruction in sufficient frequency and length to achieve the objectives and time allocations of a written, sequential curriculum plan in foreign language. Instruction is to be available in both grades 7 and 8 (not the same offering for both grades). In grades 7 and 8, access must be provided, but students are not required to take the course.

Environmental Education
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Chapter PI 8 legislative mandate states, "A kindergarten through grade 12 sequential curriculum plan in each of the following subject areas: reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, health, computer literacy, environmental education, physical education, art and music." "Environmental education objectives and activities shall be integrated into the kindergarten through grade 12 sequential curriculum plans, with the greatest emphasis in art, health, science and social studies education." (PDF)
 

Career Exploration
Provide pupils with an introduction to career exploration and planning.
Within grades 5 through 8, an introduction to career exploration and planning, through a one-semester course or the equivalent in instructional time and course content, shall be integrated. This instruction must equal a semester or 90 instructional units. This can be a separate course, infused in other courses, or a combination. For example, if you can show that career exploration and planning takes place in guidance for three weeks each year in grades seven and eight, and sixty other classes spanning grades 5-8 are held in other subject areas, this would satisfy the 90-unit requirement.

For questions about this information, contact Rebecca Vail (608) 266-2364