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School Directory Management Portal: Annual Required Updates

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School Directory is OPEN for UPDATES for 2024-25 School Year

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The online Wisconsin School Directory is now OPEN for the 2024-25 school year.

If you need to make changes to information for the 2023-24 school year, please submit a Help Ticket, and select School Direcory Updates from the application drop-down list. 

What is the School Directory Management Portal?

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The Wisconsin School Directory (SD) is actually two separate applications:

  • Wisconsin School Directory: Public Portal ~ viewable for the general public
  • Wisconsin School Directory: Management Portal ~ viewable and editable only to authorized school staff

School Directory Management Portal allows districts, independent charter schools, and private schools, and other local education agencies (LEAs) to update the DPI database. The data entered into School Directory Management Portal then feeds the information viewable on the School Directory Public Portal.

Allowing LEAs access to School Directory Management Portal directly is more efficient than submitting changes on paper forms for the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to enter. The following paper forms have been replaced since 2012-13:

  • PI-1201 Verification of Private Schools within Public School Districts

  • PI-1203 School District Statistical Report

  • PI-1280 Public School Update

  • PI-1281 Private School Update

As a digital 'form' of data collection, the information collected on School Directory is collected pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 115.30.

The applications are open year-round except for the month of August, and for a brief time in January, for data verification purposes.

Access the School Directory Management Portal via WISEhome

This version of School Directory requires a login and is only utilized by LEA staff to update important information within schools at the beginning of each school year.

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  1. Click this link to access WISEhome. From there you will need to login either with your WAMS ID, or click 'Sign in with Google'. NOTE: Take caution using the "Signing in with Google' option if you are signing in for the first time. 
  2. In WISEhome, click School Directory.
  3. Click Log In to Application.

Annual Required Updates to be Made in School Directory

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Schools are required to update their information at the beginning of every school year.

These updates ensure that DPI has accurate information about Wisconsin schools. These updates are required from all public school districts, private schools, or charter schools that submit to WISEdata. If these updates are not made, it can result in validation messages, and lack of proper communication.

Changes must be made using the DPI School Directory (Management) application :

You must have the appropriate School Directory user role in order to make these updates. The role needed is "Directory Update" for the School Directory Management Portal. If you do not have this user role assigned to you, please request the user role using the WISEhome application. Instructions and a link to WISEhome can be found on the WISEhome and WISEsecure Login Information page.

Make all applicable updates to all applicable requirements listed below:

 

BASIC INFORMATION: 

  • NEW for 2024-25 SY: Educational Service: PK is not a grade. PK is a code, signifying students who: have not reached the age for first grade (aged 3, 4 or 5), and are not enrolled in K4 or KG, have an IEP, and receive primary educational services from the LEA/Agency.

  • All elementary and combined schools located in a public school district are required to provide PK services.

  • Public school districts that have elementary schools are obligated by both federal and state legislature to become FAPE responsible for students continuing their IEP and special education services after exiting County (CDEB) services.

  • Any school that offers kindergarten (KG or K4) as a low grade by default must also offer PK.

  • Unified high schools, high schools and middle schools should not offer PK services.

  • NOTE: Private schools cannot offer PK. Visit the Grade Level Placement data element page for more details on PK.

  • For more details on PK, visit the:

AGENCY LEVEL ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
  • Agency-level address and location changes to:
    • Physical, mailing, and/or shipping address
    • District website URL
    • Phone and Fax numbers
  • Agency-level primary contact information:
    • Name
    • Title
    • Phone
    • Email

AGENCY LEVEL KINDERGARTEN SCHEDULES AND LOCATIONS

 

 

  • For four-year-old kindergarten (K$) and kindergarten (KG)

SCHOOL/BUILDING LEVEL ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

 

 

Choice and SNSP Schools

Please note that if your school is participating in the Private School Choice Programs (Choice) or Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP), changes that impact those programs must be submitted using the update forms on the Choice or SNSP webpage. For example, changing the main contact email address through the form for the Directory will only change it for emails related to the Directory. That will not change the email address that is used for Choice program or SNSP correspondence. 

Adding a New School / Closing an Existing School

SIS Conversion Guidance

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Public districts and Choice schools:

If you will be changing SIS (Student Information System) vendors please notify DPI by submitting a Help Ticket. Changing your SIS vendor will impact WISEdata reporting. The DPI Customer Services Team is happy to assist you with this process.

If you have questions, or experience any issues submitting the School Modification form, please submit a Help Ticket.

Didn't Find What You Needed?

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The Customer Services Team is here to help!

Please submit a Help Ticket so we may better assist you. 

Choose “School Directory - Updates” from the Application dropdown, and one of our dedicated support staff will reach out to you.

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