Evaluation at a Glance
The primary purpose of ACP evaluation in Wisconsin is to gain insight into the process as it is developed by schools and delivered to students, enabling reflection and assistance for future change.
DPI's evaluation partner, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison has done three years of ACP evaluation work - during its pilot year, pre-implementation year, and implementation year, the executive summaries of which are included below. Detailed versions of the evaluations for each year can be accessed further down on this page.
Year 3 - Academic and Career Planning Initial Implementation Year Evaluation
Baseline student outcome data was collected in 2016-17 in preparation for a longitudinal outcome evaluation. In 2017-18, the first year of required implementation, DPI will evaluate ACP implementation practices to begin to identify specific ACP infrastructural elements and student ACP components that positively impact student outcomes. The study will look at the extent of implementation and qualities of these elements and activities across a variety of contexts. This study of implementation will inform a longitudinal study of associations between selected structures and processes with student outcome measures.
Year 2 - Statewide ACP Pre-Implementation Evaluation (2016-17)
Statewide readiness and preparation for ACP implementation will be assessed in order for DPI to support district implementation in 2017-18. This phase of evaluation will include collection of various data points to be analyzed as a baseline for measuring potential ACP outcomes. In addition, a survey of district/building leader readiness and awareness will be sent, followed by meetings in small focus groups to obtain student and family perspectives.
Year 1 - ACP Pilot Implementation Evaluation (2016)
Twenty-five Wisconsin school districts were selected in June 2015 by DPI to participate in the ACP Pilot Year project in 2015-16 involving training, collaborative support, and best practice sharing. WCER conducted a short-term formative evaluation of the pilot ACP implementation process using surveys, focus groups, and document analysis.
- Appleton Area School District
- Arrowhead UHS District
- Baldwin-Woodville Area School District
- Barron Area School District
- Beloit School District
- Chetek-Weyerhaueser Area School District
- Darlington Community School District
- Edgar School District
- Elkhorn Area School District
- Milwaukee Public Schools
- Mishicot School District
- Montello School District
- New Berlin School District
- Northland Pines School District
- Northwood School District
- Osseo-Fairchild School District
- Pewaukee School District
- Port Washington-Saukville School District
- Poynette School District
- Waunakee Community School District
- Wausaukee School District
- West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
- West Bend School District
- Wisconsin Rapids School District
- Wonewoc-Union Center School District