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DPI releases statewide testing results

DPI releases statewide testing results

The DPI today released statewide testing results showing the significant impact the pandemic and school closures had on test participation and proficiency rates. The results are from the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) exams administered to students in spring 2021 and followed standard in-person test taking procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. read more…

DPI/DHS to host joint webinar this afternoon (10/20) at 4:00 p.m.

From the DPI…

October 20 Webinar: The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the Department of Health Services (DHS) COVID-19 Recovery and Response Team (CRRT) invite you to a joint webinar for local public health and school stakeholders on Wednesday, October 20, from 4:00–5:00 p.m.

This webinar is an opportunity to hear from State experts regarding CDC and DHS guidance for schools.

Presenters will include Dr. Ryan Westergaard, DHS Bureau of Communicable Diseases chief medical officer, and Louise Wilson, DPI school nurse consultant. Other subject matter experts will also be available to answer your questions. 

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Register: Please register in advance of the webinar. A Zoom link and call-in information will be provided upon registration. The webinar will be recorded and made available on the DHS website.

DPI releases certified student count data, general aid amounts

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction today released information on fall student counts, school district revenue limits and general school aids for the 2021-2022 school year.

From DPI:

“Wisconsin school districts reported similar enrollments for fall 2021 as they did for fall 2020, reflecting the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The data published is unaudited and is based off enrollment counts performed on Sept. 17, 2021, the third Friday of September, and reported to the DPI.”
For more information on fall student counts and revenue limits, and for a full news release, click here.

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Senate committees holding hearings this week on K-12 bills

The Senate Committee on Education and the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety are holding public hearings on Thursday, October 14 on bills related to K-12 education that we are following.  Both hearings are scheduled to be covered LIVE on WisconsinEye.  

Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, 10 a.m., 411 South, State Capitol

  • Senate Bill 585 Relating to: reporting certain crimes and other incidents that occur on school property or school transportation and granting rule-making authority.

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Office of School Safety (OSS) reminders

Wisconsin Act 143, signed into law in 2017, requires all public and private schools to submit the following information to the Office of School Safety (OSS) by January 1 of each school year. This is required of all school districts regardless of their participation in the state’s school safety grants in recent years.

The OSS provides a checklist for the annual requirements. If your district has no changes in floor plans or is within the required three-year window for submitting safety plans and assessments, school districts must still submit the 2021-2022 Act 143 Checklist to the OSS by January 1 of this current school year. read more…

GOP proposal would allow Governor to appoint State Supt.

State Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and state Rep. Shae Sortwell (R-Two Rivers) are proposing an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution that would turn the state superintendent of public instruction, treasurer and secretary of state into Cabinet positions appointed to serve at the pleasure of the governor. The amendment also would make the treasurer the head of the state Department of Revenue, eliminating the agency secretary.

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State legislature votes on a plethora of K-12 legislation

State legislature votes on a plethora of K-12 legislation

Both the state Senate and Assembly were in session on Sept. 28 and acted on the following K-12 legislation:

Passed Both Houses, Headed to the Governor

Senate Bill 373 – This bill requires DPI to create a school district financial information portal, in a format that allows the public to download, sort, search, and access the information at no cost. The bill also creates an advisory committee (including a WASB appointee) to advise the DPI on the portal. Passed, 20-11 (Senate); Voice Vote (Assembly). read more…

Assembly looks to approve K-12 bills including reading assessments, race & gender stereotypes, new mandates on posting learning materials

Assembly looks to approve K-12 bills including reading assessments, race & gender stereotypes, new mandates on posting learning materials

The proposed calendar for the Sept. 28 Assembly floor calendar includes a number of K-12 bills including a bevy of new unfunded state mandates (some of which are very proscriptive) relating to early literacy assessments, posting of curriculum/learning materials, cursive writing instruction, and reporting information relating to credit recovery courses. 

There are also bills on providing school financial information in a more user-friendly format, civics instruction and directing federal stimulus dollars to mental health efforts (click on the bill number for more information). read more…

Second Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Application Window to Open Soon

Next week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will open a second Emergency Connectivity Fund Program application filing window for schools and libraries to request funding for connected devices (e.g., laptops and tablets) and broadband connections (e.g., WiFi hotspots) for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021-22 school year. The second application filing window will open next Tuesday, September 28, 2021 and close on October 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. read more…

Late additions receive hearing this week

Late additions receive hearing this week

As an addendum to our previous post, the following bills also received a public hearing in the Assembly education committee on Thursday, Sept. 17.  

AB 562 This bill requires each school board of a school district and each operator of an independent charter school, before providing any program related to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression to a pupil in the school district or attending the charter school, to give notice of the program to the pupil’s parents or guardians. This notice is required with respect to a pupil in any grade before such a program is provided to the pupil. A “program” is defined to include instruction and materials as well as any test, survey, questionnaire, or other activity. read more…

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