What the Law Requires
When the state budget (2017 Act 59) was passed in the fall, the legislature included new requirements for the Accountability Report Cards. Act 59 requires DPI to annually report the following college and career ready (CCR) data:
- the number and percent of pupils attending a course through the Early College Credit Program (Dual Enrollment);
- the number and percent of pupils participating in a Youth Apprenticeship;
- the number of pupils earning industry-recognized credentials;
- the number of Advanced Placement courses offered to, and AP credits earned by, pupils; and
- the number of community service hours provided by pupils
Act 59 requires DPI to report on these indicators; the law does not require that the indicators have to be factored into accountability scoring.
In some cases, the text of the law is specific – and limiting. For example, the dual-enrollment requirement specifically references the Early College Credit Program, which does not include dual enrollment in technical colleges. DPI plans to collect data on all dual enrollment opportunities offered by districts, not just the Early College Credit Program. Taking a broader view of the work schools and districts do to ensure students are college and career ready is critical, and shapes the associated data collection efforts.
What Districts Need to Do
For the 2018-19 school year, districts should prepare to include the required data in the Roster system in WISEdata. Please review the recommended next steps outlined by the Deputy State Superintendent here and make use of the Roster training resources here.
What DPI Needs to Do
DPI’s first step in this work was to map out what is needed in order to collect the necessary data in preparation for the 2018-19 school year. (It is not possible to include these new metrics in the 2017-18 report cards.) Most of the data will be collected via the Roster system in WISEdata in 2018-19. Collecting community service hours will not be part of the Roster collection in 2018-19; the requirements for this piece haven’t yet been built, and will take longer.
DPI’s next step is to determine how best to provide the data in the report cards, including whether any or all of the data should impact report card scores. To that end, we’ve convened an Accountability Advisory Group comprised of school, district, and CESA staff. This group will help build a roadmap for what data to include, when, and how in the report cards. The group will also explore other CCR metrics that may be important to include in the report cards, but were not part of Act 59. When ready, the accountability roadmap will be shared broadly for feedback so the opportunity to have input is not limited to those in the advisory group.
We have been pursuing the addition of college and career ready metrics in the state accountability system for many years. Many of the now required metrics were included in Wisconsin’s plan for the New Skills for Youth grant, which has funded our regional work around career pathways, and more broadly, to strengthen career education and accountability for career readiness. We are excited about this work!