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State will apply for federal assessment waiver; Gov. Evers orders DPI to suspend requirements

by | Mar 23, 2020 | Accountability, Federal Issue, Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

The United States Education Department (USED) recently announced flexibility will be provided to all states regarding the assessment and accountability requirements under federal law. 

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced in an email to district administrators that they will apply for a waiver from federal requirements to administer statewide assessments for accountability purposes. 

[UPDATE: The USED granted the assessment and accountability waiver the same day it was received. For more information click here and look under “Federal Waiver Update.”]

Also, yesterday (3/22) Gov. Evers announced the suspension of various rules at DPI to provide greater flexibility during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Governor’s order relating to the DPI would do the following:

  • Ensures the DPI will be able to streamline the waiver process for hours of instruction for public schools;
  • Suspends the PI 34 requirements to allow students in teacher preparation programs to graduate on time this spring;
  • Provide the DPI with flexibility in light of upcoming due dates.

View Governor Evers’ Order


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