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Notification Requirements

Law iconState law (Act 55) specifies that annually every public school, including charter schools, and each private school participating in a Choice program is to provide parents with a copy of the report card and a list of their educational options.

Public schools:

  • Must provide a copy of the school’s report card and
  • Simultaneously provide a list of educational options to parents

Public districts:

  • Must publish a class 1 notice which lists the report card accountability ratings of each school—public, charter, and choice—that is within the district boundaries and
  • Must include in the class 1 notice that the complete school and district report cards are available on the district’s website
  • Must list educational options on its website.

Choice schools:

  • Must link to the school report card from the school website within 30 days after the report cards are published (provided the school has an internet site)
  • Must provide a copy of the report card for parents/guardians, and simultaneously,
  • Must provide a list of educational options

Guidance for schools and districts to use to meet the requirements of Act 55 is available.

Further Guidance for Choice Schools

The following are report card and educational options notification requirements for schools participating in the Private School Choice Program. Annually, private schools participating in a parental choice program, must provide to the parent or guardian of each pupil enrolled in or attending the school the following:

  • A copy of the school’s accountability report (report card); and simultaneously,
  • A list of the educational options available to children who reside in the pupil’s resident school district, which must include public schools, private schools participating in a parental choice program, charter schools, virtual schools, full−time open enrollment, youth options, course options and options for pupils enrolled in a home−based private educational program. [§ 115.385(4), Wis. Stats.]

Within 30 days after DPI publication of report cards: Choice schools that have a school website are required to post the school’s report card to the school’s website home page within 30 days after DPI publishes the report cards. Choice schools must prominently link, from the school’s home page, the school’s most recent report card. [§§ 119.23(9m) and 118.60(9m), Wis. Stats.]

Suggestions for Meeting Requirements

 
If your school has a website:
  • Fulfill the above two requirements at one time by prominently linking, from the school’s website homepage, the school’s most recent report card and information about accessing the list of educational options through DPI’s website. A Choice school could then provide notice to parents through email, if the school has a working email for every student’s parent/guardian, or other school communications such as a newsletter, that the report card and list of educational options is available on the school’s website; or
  • Provide parents and guardians with a copy of school’s report card and list of educational options. A Choice school might provide hard copies of these materials to each student to take home. In addition, within 30 days of publication, prominently link, from the school’s website homepage, the school’s most recent report card.
If your school does not have a website:
  • Provide parents and guardians with a copy of school’s report card and list of educational options. A Choice school might provide hard copies of these materials to each student to take home; or
  • Email parents information about accessing the school’s report card and list of educational options electronically, through DPI’s website if the school has a working email for every student’s parent/guardian; or
  • Email a copy of the school’s report card and the list of educational options if the school has a working email for every student’s parent/guardian.
For questions about this information, contact oeamail@dpi.wi.gov