A Standards Based Model for the K-8 Grades
Curriculum is the broad description of what K-8 students in the Diocese of Madison should know and be able to do.
Each subject listed at the right, except for Religion, were developed using the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards as a reference. The standards for Math and English Language Arts were informed by the Common Core State Standards, the previous state standards and the standards of other states and professional organizations. By using current state and common standards as references for developing our standards, we ensure that our academic standards meet and exceed those of the State of Wisconsin and the Common Core.
The catechetical (religion) standards are based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Additional information about the standards and how they apply in both parishes and schools may be found by clicking here.
Catholic schools in the diocese are expected to use the standards as a framework for their own curriculum development. A process for developing curriculum based on the guidelines is offered here in Curriculum Process. Catholic schools in the diocese are also expected to deliver an integrated academic and religious education curriculum by presenting the teachings of the Church where applicable in the context of all subject matter.