Ed Tech Data Summary
The Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan (c2016) provides school districts strategies for making learning more meaningful and relevant for students, more accessible for economically disadvantaged students, and more cost-effective upon implementation. The focus, throughout the Plan, continues to be learning environments that are equitable, personalized, applied, and engaging. Plans are currently in the works to put together a group to review the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan and make updates.
DPI is pleased to present the 2023 digital learning data (2022-23 school year) for K-12 schools in Wisconsin! DPI asked questions covering all five gears of the Digital Learning Plan. This website depicts the results from some of those questions, which represent a cross-section of the overall data and can be used to support data-driven instructional leadership and planning. DPI has compiled the survey responses from around 86% of Wisconsin school districts (across all 12 CESA regions).
The goal of DPI and this survey is to create a collection of longitudinal data to help inform key stakeholders including individual school districts, Cooperative Education Service Agencies (CESAs), professional organizations, the Wisconsin Legislature, and citizens of the state.
The survey data has been broken down into three ways for comparison -- results at the state-level, results by district size, and results by CESA. Each section (subsequent page) includes graphs for the given data and a brief interpretation of each. You can access data from previous years in the menu on the left of the page.
***Data from the 2020-2021 survey contains information provided by districts during a year that included COVID-19. The data from this survey may be affected by this event, but is still very valuable to use while analyzing local district planning and programming. Many Wisconsin districts have modified the learning experience in their schools and that shift may be reflected in the survey data provided during that year.
Some key findings:
- Since the 2017-18 survey, the number of districts utilizing structured online classes rose from 25% to 70% in 2022-23.
- The largest jump in instructional areas provided by districts came in the area of cybersecurity. Cybersecurity instruction within districts rose from 65% to 73% of the districts who responded to the survey.
- A trend that was noticeable is 38% of districts who participated in the survey reported providing opportunities for students within their technology departments. Over half of those were connected to the students' academic and career pathways.
- Another trend that is becoming popular across the US and is gaining traction in Wisconsin, is micro-credentialing for district faculty within professional learning programs and/or local salary schedules.
- 93% of districts say they utilize a digital classroom platform or learning management system for learning in their schools.
- Over 65% of school districts who responded to the survey reported that more than three-fourths of their student body have broadband internet at home.
DPI emphasizes that the data shown on these pages captures only a single point in time. As we gather data annually, we will have the ability to chart our progress over time.