Over 96 percent of Wisconsin school districts met or exceeded state expectations in 2017-18, according to school and district report cards released by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In addition, nearly 84 percent of individual public schools met or exceeded state expectations. Both figures reflect an improvement over the previous year (2016-17). Continue reading More schools and districts meet or exceed state expectations
Governor Scott Walker recently outlined his plans to expand the state’s Youth Apprenticeship program.
Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is one of the oldest such programs in the nation. It was established in 1991 and is designed for high school students who want hands-on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.
Youth Apprenticeships are currently open to high school juniors and seniors as a one- or two-year elective program that combines academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job learning.
Among other things, the governor’s proposal would open the program to students in all high school grades as well as to students in seventh and eighth grades.
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In an interview Monday, Gov. Scott Walker spoke about K-12 education issues heading into his campaign for reelection this fall. He also stated his goal of having Wisconsin lead the nation in high school graduation rate. Continue reading Gov. Walker discusses K-12 education issues
Perhaps overshadowed by all the focus this week on the 2017-19 state budget was the submission by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) of Wisconsin’s Consolidated State Plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As required by federal law, Wisconsin submitted its plan to the U.S. Department of Education on the deadline date of last Monday (Sept. 18).
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.
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
Wisconsin’s 88.4 percent high school graduation rate remains considerably higher than the national average, which hit a record of 83.2 percent during the 2014-15 school year, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.
However, despite generally good performance overall, Wisconsin also retains the unfortunate distinction of having the widest graduation rate between white and black students in the nation and the tenth highest gap between white and Latino students graduating in four years, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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)