Bilingual Education Requirement
Wisconsin Statute 115.95 gives guidance to school districts who have enrolled a concentration of students who are English learners from the same language group. Once one school in a district has enrolled the following populations of English learners who speak the same language, the district is required to create a plan for a bilingual-bicultural program and communicate that plan to parents in the school district. The number of students which trigger this requirement differs by grade level:
- 10 students in grades K-3
- 20 students in grades 4-8
- 20 students in grades 9-12
Once all requirements of Wisconsin Statute 115.95 are met for the district’s bilingual-bicultural program, the district becomes eligible for reimbursement of a percentage of the cost of its bilingual bicultural program. School districts will complete a Plan of Services prospectively for the upcoming school year. At the end of the school year, the district will complete an End-of-Year report and submit claims from the bilingual program. Newly eligible districts should contact DPI to learn how to access and complete a Plan of Services.To find historical data on this program, see Legislative Reports on the Data and Reporting page.
The BLBC reporting application is located in WISEhome. Districts must submit end-of-year reports and plans of services via WISEhome. District data from the retired BLBC application has been imported into the new application. Follow the BLBC User Guide to enter reporting data. To request access to your district’s BLBC application in WISEhome, follow the directions posted here.
2022-23 End-of-Year (EOY) Report for Bilingual-Bicultural Aided School Districts.
DUE DATE: August 1, 2023
Guide to Completing the End of Year Report
2023-24 Plan of Services: Bilingual-Bicultural Education.
DUE DATE: August 15, 2023
- Guide to Completing the Plan of Services , Program Description Guide,
- Who Is Eligible
- Approvable Expenditures for State Bilingual-Bicultural Aid
- Teacher Certification Requirements
- Bilingual Teacher's Aides - Requirements
- Request for Exemption/Approval to Hire ESL-Certified Teachers (PI-1849-A form)
Spanish Language Arts Standards - These standards are designed for use with native Spanish speakers. The SLA Standards should serve as a guide for curriculum development and lesson planning in Spanish bilingual programs, particularly programs that have a focus on developing the native language in addition to English.
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