What Common Core requires

Most teachers across Wisconsin will incorporate the Common Core standards into math and English lessons this fall.

Common Core sets a series of benchmarks for what K-12 students should know and when they should know it. In some cases the standards are similar to those previously used in Wisconsin, which set benchmarks for just fourth, eighth and 12th grades. Other standards are more demanding. Here are some examples. Continue Reading

DPI survey: School staffing holds steady after years of decline

districts losing FTE staff

Newly released data from the state Department of Public Instruction show that staffing levels at state public schools held steady last year, despite fears that changes initiated by Gov. Scott Walker would prompt additional losses. The number of employees did drop in some program areas and in some districts, according to the DPI’s summary report. And overall staffing remains significantly lower than five years ago. Continue Reading

Emergency text alerts not reaching most people on University of Wisconsin campuses

UW-Madison junior Eric Cardinal was working at this gas station near campus when he got a text alert about a suspect who happened to be in the store with him. He pushed a silent alarm and police made the arrest.

Only three of the University of Wisconsin System’s 13 four-year campuses — Platteville, Stevens Point and Parkside — have more than half of students, faculty and staff signed up to receive text alerts, according to a review by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The overall participation rate for all 13 campuses is about 32 percent, the Center found, based on data from each campus. Continue Reading