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2021-2022 WI Digital Learning Survey Results by State

DPI is pleased to present the state-level digital learning data (2021-22 school year) for K-12 public schools in Wisconsin! DPI has compiled the survey responses of around 90% 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 that nearly 40% of schools districts reported their review/selection process for instructional materials, resources, and tools align with the Triple E Framework (engage, enhance, and extend the educational experience).

The above chart shows that many Wisconsin districts leverage a wide range of tools and resources to support their online/digital learning opportunities. 

The above chart shows that at least 90% of districts reported that they provide instruction in computer literacy, digital citizenship, and information literacy.

The above chart shows 67% of districts report using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in their instructional practices. This is up slightly from the previous year.

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.

This chart shows a consistent increase (over the last five years) in the level of students, in all grade bands, that have an assigned device.

The above chart shows that over 60% of school districts reported having a learning plan to support staff with effective instructional practices in a digitally rich environment.

The above chart shows over 80% of school districts reported having online safety support for students with school-issued devices.

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 82% of school districts report they are using virtual, digital learning in some way in their schools. This is down from the previous year by almost 15%.

The number of updated and active district school library plans continues to rise. This is especially commendable considering the many challenges brought upon library programs and districts as a result of the pandemic. Focused efforts to build capacity around creating effective, well-implemented library plans in compliance with Wisconsin Administrative Code PI8.01(2)(h) has been a priority for the DPI. 

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 the breakdown of staff positions and the percent of each spending at least 15 hours per year on professional learning in tech/tech integration.


The above chart shows 8% of school districts are using micro-credentialing within current professional learning programs and/or for salary schedules.


Gear 5: Data and Privacy

Districts across Wisconsin continue to improve and grow the data security and privacy posture. As threats continue to increase, DPI and districts can use this data to assist in planning and preparing for data and cyber incidents. As this is an area that changes rapidly, plans and audits also need to be ongoing and continual.