Career and Technical Education Equivalency Credit

Equivalency Credit

Equivalency credit is an option created by legislature and written into state statute (§ 118.33, Wis. Stats., and Chapter PI 18, Wis. Admin. Code) to expand opportunities for students to meet graduation requirements.

Chapter PI 18.02, Wis. Admin. Code, defines "equivalent graduation policy" as "a board policy which meets the credit requirements specified (§ 118.33, Wis. Stats.) for each subject area, but which permits selected equivalent courses as long as such courses contain the time allotment and substantially the same objectives to develop the knowledge, concepts, and skills of the course for which an equivalency is proposed."

In conformity with the equivalency statute, this is an option for career and technical education courses that prove to have sufficient academic content. These approved career and technical education courses have proven to contain the academic content and are taught in a technical and applied setting.

In light of CTE standards revised between 2011-2013, and published in August 2013, conversations around the equivalency process have been produced.

Date Event
Continuing Applications continue to be received based on current (pre-2013) process and materials/resources/crosswalks. Any current equivalency approvals continue until June 30, 2017.
July 1, 2015 No further applications will be accepted utilizing the Model Academic Standards (1998).
September 2015 Letter to districts with current equivalency approvals providing deadline of June 30, 2016 to complete an update/resubmission based on the new resources/crosswalks.
June 30, 2017 All current equivalencies are based on the most current Standards. Any approval received prior to June 30, 2014 will need to be revised and reapply for approval.


Equivalency Frequently Asked Questions/Answers

Equivalency Credit Areas

For questions about this information, contact Christine Smith (608) 267-0360