ESSA Federal Accountability (2018 – Present)
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Previously referred to as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the new law was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
ESSA ushers in many changes to key education programs, and prescribes specific accountability measures that fulfill requirements for a federal system of identification for schools in need of improvement. The ESSA accountability system scores will first be reported in the 2018-19 school year. Scores will result in schools identified for Continuous Support & Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support & Improvement (TSI) or Not Identified. Details are outlined in Wisconsin’s ESSA state plan, which was approved on January 16, 2018.
State Accountability Paused (2014-15)
In May 2015, the Governor signed SB 67, also known as “the pause bill.” The following document summarizes key points about the bill as it relates to school and district accountability and Educator Effectiveness (EE) for the 2014-15 school year.
Wisconsin’s Waiver Approved (2012 – 2018)
DPI’s Request for ESEA Flexibility was approved by the US Department of Education (USED) in July 2012. Wisconsin’s waiver is an ambitious education reform package that sets higher expectations for students, educators, and schools with a clear focus on all graduates being college and career ready. Key documents related to ESEA Flexibility are provided below and on the USED website. Approved waivers expired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. ED offered states the opportunity to renew their waivers. In March 2015, DPI applied for a three-year renewal, through the 2017-18 school year. Learn more about the ESEA Flexibility Renewal.
- Wisconsin's Approved ESEA Flexibility Request (August 14, 2014)
- Wisconsin’s ESEA Flexibility Extension Request (July 1, 2014)
- Secretary Duncan’s Approval Letter
- Wisconsin’s Approved ESEA Flexibility Request (Technical Amendment May 20, 2013)
- Waiver Summary (July 6, 2012)
- Press Release July, 6 2012
- Updates from the State Superintendent's Office
- Public Notice of Intent to Seek Waiver - NCLB Accountability (January 23, 2012)
- Waiver article from ConnectEd
School & District Accountability Design Team (2011 – 2012)
The School & District Accountability Design Team created the backbone of a state accountability system for Wisconsin, which greatly informed the Request for ESEA Flexibility. State Superintendent Tony Evers and Governor Scott Walker convened the Design Team as a collaborative effort to reform the way Wisconsin holds schools and districts accountable for student performance. Click here for complete details on the Design Team process.
Accountability under NCLB (2001 – 2012)
In the past, Wisconsin’s accountability system operated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, which required the annual review of district and school performance to determine “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP). Since 2003 AYP in Wisconsin was based on four objectives: test participation, graduation rate or attendance rate, and achieving a designated proficiency rate on two academic indicators - Reading and Mathematics. Click here for more information about AYP, including what the targets were, how AYP was calculated and how AYP results were used.
With the approval with Wisconsin’s waiver application for flexibility from certain components of ESEA, a new accountability system will be in place beginning with the 2011-12 school year. AYP reports will no longer be produced. Instead, school report cards based on a new accountability index will be provided. Schools will earn an overall score of 0-100 and will be placed in one of five categories based on their performance.