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All media inquiries should be directed to Tom McCarthy, Communications Director, (608) 266‑3559.
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Feb 12

Graduation rate improves with class of 2018

MADISON — Students in the class of 2018 graduated at higher rates than their predecessors. The overall graduation rate jumped a point from the 2016-...
Feb 06

2018 graduates had strong showing in AP program

MADISON — Wisconsin’s 2018 public school graduates took more than 71,000 Advanced Placement (AP) exams while in high school, with 66.4 percent of...
Feb 01

Comment period open on draft standards for dance and world languages

Art and design education and personal financial literacy to be considered for review
MADISON — New draft academic standards, which specify what students should know and be able to do at grade level spans or stages of proficiency, are...
Jan 31

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program has 262 private schools register for 2019-20

MADISON — Two hundred sixty-two private nonsectarian and religious schools and school systems registered with the Department of Public Instruction by...
Jan 31

134 schools plan to participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

MADISON — One hundred and thirty-four private nonsectarian and religious schools registered with the Department of Public Instruction by the Jan. 10...
Jan 31

27 schools intend to participate in Racine voucher program

MADISON — Twenty-seven private nonsectarian and religious schools registered with the Department of Public Instruction by the Jan. 10 deadline to...
Jan 28

Open enrollment application period begins Feb. 4

Applications available online Feb. 4 to April 30
MADISON – Parents and guardians can apply to send their children to any public school in the state through the Wisconsin Public School Open...
Jan 25

Sponsors sought for Summer Food Service Program

MADISON — Last year, 240 sponsors provided meals to thousands of students across the state through the Summer Food Service Program. The Department of...
Jan 24

Schools nominated for Blue Ribbon award

MADISON — Six public elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school are nominees for the 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which...
Jan 18

Rules hearing scheduled for school mental health aid

MADISON — The Department of Public Instruction will conduct a hearing from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 4 at department headquarters, GEF 3, Room P41, 125...