The Data Warehouse and Decision Support team at DPI is charged with building, maintaining, and providing user support around WISEdash (the Wisconsin Information System for Education (WISE) data dashboard), the SDPR (School District Performance Report), and other data and reporting tools geared towards our districts and schools. The team also supports any mandatory federal or state reporting requirements. Leveraging the unique philosophy of data warehouse concepts and technologies, the focus is placed on data integration and easy-to-use interfaces for data analysis to better understand education outcomes for Wisconsin students.
Why are these data tools important?
Education data is a primary tool to see how our students, schools, and policies are working. Over time, the data show the results of changes we make in schools, letting us track progress and make adjustments. As stated in Agenda 2017, the goal for Wisconsin is to help ensure every child graduates from high school prepared for both college and career pathways. These data systems are a key part of Agenda 2017's assessment and data systems emphasis on giving parents and the public more timely, quality data to use for informed decision-making.
What is WISEdash?
WISEdash: Wisconsin Information System for Education Data Dashboard
WISEdash is a data portal that uses “dashboards,” or visual collections of graphs and tables, to provide multi-year education data about Wisconsin schools. As a public reporting tool, WISEdash will be used by districts, schools, parents, researchers, media, and other community members to view data published by DPI.
What is in it?
Each year, all Wisconsin school districts collect information about their students, staff, and courses based on federal and state requirements. These data sets are submitted to the Department of Public Instruction where they’re stored and linked in a data warehouse. WISEdash gives you an interactive way to select and filter Wisconsin school data from the 2005-06 school year forward. Data are required to be published by the Department of Public Instruction, and are redacted to protect student privacy. Additional historical datasets from 1998 forward can be downloaded. Links to other educational datasets and key reports are available in WISEdash. WISEdash will provide a streamlined delivery of consistent data and dashboards
Who should use it?
The WISEdash Public Portal is the front door for parents and community members to discover all types of data about Wisconsin schools and districts. Educators should send parents to WISEdash for public data reports. Data is redacted to protect student privacy. Educators and school staff should use the WISEdash for Districts, a secure version that requires a username and password, for student-level analysis. Find more information on the WISEdash Public Portal here. Find more information the WISEdash for Districts secure portal here.
What is SDPR?
SDPR: School District Performance Reports (SDPR)
The School District Performance Reports encompass a wealth of information on school and district performance and student achievement data for the State of Wisconsin. The reports each address sections of state or federal reporting requirements. All reports-and the many and varied indicators contained within-should be considered when reviewing a school or district’s annual progress.
Data Requests and Privacy
Individuals or organizations requesting student level or other confidential data should review documentation on the DPI website related to student privacy here: Student Data Privacy Information.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) collects and maintains data about education in the State of Wisconsin, including:
- Data about individual students.
- School finance data.
- Teacher licensing data.
- School performance data.
- Facilities data.
- Data required for federal reporting and compliance.
- Agency administrative and operational data.
- Many other types of data.
Visit our new webpage for information on submitting new public or confidential data requests and updating existing requests.