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2020-2021 WI Digital Learning Survey Results by CESA

DPI is pleased to present the state-level digital learning data (2020-21 school year) for K-12 public schools in Wisconsin! DPI has compiled the survey responses of over 94% of Wisconsin school districts. School district participation was voluntary and greatly appreciated!

On this page, you will find charts that represent a cross-section of the survey 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. This is the fourth year of the longitudinal survey and can be leveraged to identify trends.  For the complete set of state-level data, please scroll to the bottom of the page to find the PDF link. Archived versions of previous surveys can be found 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 it 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 this year.

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 the thoughtful planning, preparation, and analysis of student outcomes, professional learning, culture, and leadership.

The above chart shows school districts in all CESAs are mostly using a combination of print and digital formats for their curricular content.

The above table shows that districts, within each CESA, leverage a wide variety of tools and resources to support their online/digital learning opportunities.

The above chart shows that in 8 out of 12 CESAs more districts are using Virtual Learning Time than not.

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 chart above shows at least 90% of districts in all CESAs reported using virtual, digital learning in some way in their schools.

The chart above shows all CESAs across the state include districts with some STEM programming offered.

The chart above shows over 90% of districts in each CESA are using a digital classroom platform or learning management system in their schools.

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 districts in each CESA have at least 1 in 5 schools reporting over 75% of their teachers are engaged in 15 hours or more of professional learning in technology or technology integration. 

Professional Learning Formats Used for Technology or Technology Integration


The above table shows the large variety of professional learning formats being used by districts across all CESAs. The top choices districts leverage has stayed constant over the last three years.

PDF copy of the full survey data (by CESA)

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