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COVID-19 – Accountability Updates and Resources

School Year 2020-21 Accountability

State statute (Wis. Stat. 115.385) requires the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to annually publish school and district accountability report cards. These requirements are active, which means that DPI is releasing 2020-21 school and district report cards.

DPI has been granted a waiver by the Department of Education from federal ESSA accountability provisions resulting from 2020-21 school year data. This waiver approval means that:

  • There will be no new CSI, TSI, and ATSI identifications in school year 2021-22 (identifications that would normally take place in December 2021).
  • Schools with existing identifications will retain these identifications, along with any support that goes along with identifications, for the next school year.
  • DPI will report data for informational purposes, including results disaggregated by the student group.

Please note that IDEA LEA Determinations reports and Racial Equity in Special Education reports, the other part of joint federal notifications (which are released in coordination with ESSA identifications), will be issued during the 2021-22 school year. For questions about IDEA reports, please contact the DPI Special Education team.

School Year 2019-20 Accountability

As a result of the April 15, 2020, enactment of the 2019 Wisconsin Act 185, the coronavirus relief package, and the ESEA waiver granted by the Department of Education on March 27, all state and federal academic assessment requirements were suspended or waived for 2019-20 and there were no new ESSA identifications or state report cards issued during the 2020-21 school year. IDEA LEA Determinations reports and Racial Equity in Special Education reports were issued during the 2020-21 school year.

Links to Other DPI COVID-19 Resources