Catholic schools in Madison will not adopt the Common Core State Standards, according to a statement by Bishop Robert Morlino and superintendent Michael Lancaster of the Diocese of Madison that was circulated Wednesday. Rather, he said in a letter to parishoners, “our parish elementary schools will continue to use our own, diocesan academic standards.”And so Superior has also adopted Common Core a few years ago - at least in part, and I'm not entirely sure on La Crosse, I think they have adopted at least part as well. Let me see if I can find details online.
The announcement concluded a two-page letter outlining Catholic schools’ overall high academic performance when compared to national averages, for which the bishop credited the diocese’s current academic standards for curriculum.
Wednesday’s announcement follows another rejection of the standards for Catholic schools earlier this month by Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, who said schools there will not “adopt or adapt” the standards. However, he said if public schools’ performance surpasses theirs, the diocese will revisit the idea.
So tentatively, this is what Wisconsin looks like - This only applies to diocesan schools, the independent classical style Catholic schools can continue to use the tried and true method of Catholic education.
Madison - Diocesan
Green Bay - Diocesan
Superior - Common Core
La Crosse - Common Core
Milwaukee - Common Core