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2019-2020 WI Digital Learning Survey Results, by CESA

DPI is pleased to present the Digital Learning data (2019-2020 school year) for K-12 public schools broken out by CESA! DPI has compiled the survey responses of 405 Wisconsin school districts, which represent over 90% of all districts in the state. School district participation was voluntary and greatly appreciated!


On this page, you will find charts that represent a cross-section of the 53 questions included in the Digital Learning Survey. The charts correspond with the gears of the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan and each includes a brief explanation of the data shown. This is the third year of the longitudinal survey and is the first year we can identify trends across the state.  For the complete set of CESA 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.

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 on average, more than 60% of curricular materials districts use, within each CESA, is in print format. 

The above table shows that districts, within each CESA, leverage Wisconsin produced and Open Source materials most for their online/digital learning opportunities.

The above chart shows districts from all CESAs are beginning to leverage Virtual Learning Time.

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 chart above shows the percentage of districts that have assigned a device to all of the students in at least one grade within the given grade band.

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 two-thirds of districts across all CESAs are using the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan in their planning process.

The chart above shows districts in all CESAs across the state are leveraging the Future Ready Dashboard.

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 most districts in each CESA have less than 25% of teachers 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 Janice Mertes (608) 267-1054, Chad Kliefoth (608) 267-9289