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Financial literacy grants available, apply by June 1

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) in partnership with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is making available a $100,000 statewide grant program to encourage Wisconsin’s K-12 school districts to incorporate personal finance education into their curricula.

The DPI, which is administering the grant program, is currently accepting online applications.  The application deadline is June 1, 2018.  Award recipients will be notified the week of July 23, 2018. Continue reading Financial literacy grants available, apply by June 1

Governor Signs Six Education Bills Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed six education-related bills into law today (Nov. 30) during a ceremony in the Governor’s office in the State Capitol.  They included:

Senate Bill 382, relating to school employee tuberculosis (TB) screening;

Current law requires school districts to condition the employment of school personnel who come in contact with children or who handle or prepare food for children upon a physical examination by a licensed physician that includes a chest X-ray or a tuberculin test. The cost of such examinations, including X-rays and tuberculin tests, must be paid out of school district funds.  Current law also permits a school district to require employees to undergo additional physical examinations at intervals determined by the school district. Continue reading Governor Signs Six Education Bills Into Law

Wisconsin Adopts Computer Science Standards

From the Department of Public Instruction:

“With the adoption of standards for computer science, Wisconsin is one of nine states to have established academic standards for this increasingly important subject area. Additionally, as part of the ongoing standards review and revision process, public comment is now open on new draft standards in music, science, and information and technology literacy. Continue reading Wisconsin Adopts Computer Science Standards

A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan

This is the first in a series of posts looking at the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how the state’s draft accountability plan attempts to meet those requirements.ESSA Plan Template

Purpose—The primary purpose of the accountability system the state must develop in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to appropriately identify schools with performance issues for comprehensive and targeted support and improvement efforts as required under ESSA. Continue reading A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan

What’s at Stake for Schools in ESSA Implementation? (Part 3, State Report Cards)

Today we continue a several-part analysis of what decisions the state and local districts will need to make to implement the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Our first post covered some of the basics of the new law; the second examined the decisions ESSA requires states must make as they develop state accountability plans. We now look at decisions surrounding state report cards and other topics areas where the state must make decisions.

Continue reading What’s at Stake for Schools in ESSA Implementation? (Part 3, State Report Cards)

What’s at Stake for Schools in ESSA Implementation? (Part 2, State Accountability Plans)

With DPI listening sessions about to begin, we continue a several-part analysis of what decisions the state and local districts will need to make to implement the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Our first post covered some of the basics of the new law. In this post, we delve into more detail on the decisions ESSA requires states must make.

States play a unique role in ESSA implementation. School leaders should examine state-level Title I decisions with an eye toward how they will impact your district at a local level as well as for opportunities for collaboration and consensus building.

Continue reading What’s at Stake for Schools in ESSA Implementation? (Part 2, State Accountability Plans)

A Look at State Accountability Plans Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

This is the second in a series of blog posts that will look  at the changes made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new federal law that replaces No Child Left Behind, and what they might mean for Wisconsin schools.

Effective with the 2017-18 school year, under the ESSA states must have in place state accountability plans that, among other things: Continue reading A Look at State Accountability Plans Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)