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Inquiry Process

Accountability Data Inquiry Period: January 12 - 22nd

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 23, all state and federal academic assessment requirements have officially been suspended or waived for 2019-20 and there will be no new ESSA identifications or state accountability report cards issued during the 2020-21 school year.

OEA is releasing accountability “preview reports” directly to schools and districts via SAFE in January, 2021. These preview reports use data from prior years (i.e., 2018-19 assessment results) to demonstrate future report card design and calculation changes. They are not report cards and are for informational purposes only.

For details on the impact of COVID-19 on state and federal accountability, please visit

The secure release of the 2019-20 preview reports on January 12, 2021 opened the inquiry period, a window of time in which schools and districts could notify OEA of suspected data submission errors. For comments about the redesign, OEA plans to release a survey to our website in the coming weeks. Your feedback on the redesign is valuable and appreciated. We plan to reach out through the DAC Digest when the survey is posted.

**The last day to open a data inquiry was January 22, 2021.**

Please note that this deadline was to open (not complete) an inquiry and any ongoing inquiries opened prior to this date will be reviewed and processed prior to February 12, 2021.

If changes from a data inquiry are substantiated, OEA will manually correct the student-level data and update the preview reports accordingly. Consistent with past inquiry periods, no data corrections will alter the value-added growth outcomes as these calculations are produced outside of DPI and cannot be altered. Additionally, no data corrections will alter what is reported in the WISEdash Public Portal as this is certified and locked data.

Federal Accountability (ESSA & IDEA) Report Inquiries

The ESSA Accountability Reports and IDEA LEA Determinations are part of the federal systems of school and district identification that are separate from state accountability reports. Though these systems of identification are distinct, there is overlap in the data sources and the data inquiry period from January 12-22nd applies to both of these accountability systems. Any changes that may result from a data inquiry will carry forward to related ESSA Accountability Reports and IDEA LEA Determinations. There is no separate inquiry period for ESSA Accountability Reports and IDEA LEA Determinations.