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2018-2019 WI Digital Learning Survey Results, by District Size

DPI is pleased to present the Digital Learning data (2018-2019 school year) for K-12 schools in Wisconsin broken down by district size! DPI has compiled the survey responses of 420 Wisconsin school districts, which represent over 94% of all districts in the state. School district participation was voluntary and greatly appreciated!
On this page, you will find 14 charts that represent a cross-section of the 50 questions included in the Digital Learning Survey. The charts are inclusive of all five gears of the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan and include a brief explanation of the data shown. For the complete set of data by district size, please scroll to the bottom of the page to find the PDF link.
Hover over the chart to view the exact numbers of each data subset. 

Gear 1: Instruction, Learning, and Assessment

The Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan is about teaching and learning in the digital environment in which citizens now live and work. It is not about devices, software, apps, or the latest tools. It is about thoughtful planning, preparation, and analysis of student outcomes, professional learning, culture, and leadership.

The above chart shows that on average, the majority of curricular materials in districts is still in print form but is shifting to include more digital materials.

The above chart shows most districts use a variety of formats to provide online learning.

The above chart shows more than 50% of Districts with more than 500 students have Computer Science included in their programs of study.

The above chart shows most districts, no matter the size, are planning to use or are already using the Wisconsin Standards for Information and Technology Literacy in their district curricular planning.

Gear 2: Technology and Hardware

The emphasis of this section of the Plan is on the deployment of the systems critical to the success of all efforts toward student achievement. Those systems include student devices, digital content, networking hardware and software, bandwidth, service provider contracts, leadership, and technical training and support.

The above chart shows four out of five Wisconsin districts have ubiquitous wireless environments in all or almost all of their buildings.

The chart above shows how many districts have assigned a mobile device to all of the students in at least one grade within the given grade band.

The chart above shows many districts, no matter the size, have large numbers of students that cannot access the Internet at home.

The above chart shows the majority of districts, no matter the size, have less than 10% of students checking out mobile hotspots.

Gear 3: Empowering and Innovative Leadership

Innovative leadership has the opportunity to inspire change, support risk-taking and communicate expectations of use through curriculum, goals, and outcomes for all learners.

The above chart shows the larger the district, the more extensively it uses Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan.

The above chart shows the larger the district, the more extensively it uses the Future Ready Dashboard.

The above chart shows that although larger districts are more likely to have or be working on library plans, a large number of districts of all sizes do not have a current library plan.

Gear 4: Professional Learning and Building Capacity

Professional development encourages, facilitates, and often requires education professionals individually and collaboratively to create, join, and sustain professional networks both within and outside of the district, frequently leveraging the latest in social media. If districts establish flexible policies and practices that encourage and credit the personalization of professional learning for teachers, administrators and other education professionals, the result ultimately will help reduce the digital divide by fostering equitable learning opportunities focused on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation.

The above chart shows that commitment to professional learning in technology is similar across school districts of all sizes.

Professional Learning Formats for Technology or Technology Integration


The above chart shows all districts use a multitude of options for delivering professional learning opportunities for staff.

Gear 5: Data and Privacy

Data privacy and security are foundational elements of digital learning. A personalized, learner-centered environment uses technology to collect, analyze, and organize data to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of learning. The district ensures sound data privacy and security policies, procedures, and practices are in place at the district, school, classroom, and student levels.

The above chart shows larger districts conduct security audits more often than smaller districts do. Among smaller districts (0 - 999 students) only one in seven conduct security audits.

The above chart shows that annual data privacy and security training is similar across school districts of all sizes.

Results for all survey questions (by district size) in PDF form.

Downloadable PDF copy of this page

For questions about this information, contact Amanda Albrecht (608) 267-1071