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 separate 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 necessary for success.

For more information about the WI Academic Standards follow this link: http://dpi.wi.gov/standards

Planning for Early Literacy Success
Power point slides, resource folder, and speaker notes available to guide teams in understanding how the literacy-related developmental continuums within the WMELS intersect with Wisconsin's State Standards for 5K and grade 1 in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. Teams can use these resources to examine beliefs and research about early learning, standards, and local data in order to understand intersections between early learning (particularly 4K) and 5K.

To access and download the ready-to-use resources, follow this link: https://dpi.wi.gov/early-childhood/practice/alignment-of-early-learning-standards-with-other-standards

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.


Updated 4/12/2017