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Wisconsin Education Research Advisory Council (WERAC)

Originally convened in 2011, the State Superintendent's Wisconsin Education Research Advisory Council (WERAC) guides the development of the Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) research agenda around the most critical issues facing our Wisconsin's education system. WERAC's mission statement is:

To establish a statewide research agenda for critically important PK-20 educational issues; foster collaboration among stakeholders involved in research; and aid the broad dissemination of research results.

In addition to regularly providing valuable advice on internal research agenda projects, WERAC was a crucial partner in the development of DPI's Dropout Early Warning System (DEWS), and brought together two collaborations around grant proposals, including the DPI's latest successful grant under the US Department of Education's statewide longitudinal data systems program.

Council Members


Rick Cardey
Rib Lake High School

Kerry Kretchmar
Carroll University

Brad Carl

Percival Matthews

Tony Chambers

Jennifer Noyes

Kyle Fagan
REL Midwest

Hilary Shager

Annalee Good

Elizabeth Vaade
Madison Metropolitan School District

Eric Grodsky

Karen Wendorf-Heldt
Cooperative Educational Service Agency #9

Curtis Jones


Meeting Materials


August 8, 2023: Agenda and Presentation

March 23, 2021: AgendaMinutes

April 19, 2019: AgendaMinutes

November 1, 2018: AgendaMinutes

May 4, 2018: Agenda, Minutes

September 11, 2017: Agenda, Minutes

November 19, 2015: Agenda & Minutes

October 16, 2014: Agenda

April 10, 2014: Agenda, Minutes

October 17, 2013: Agenda, Minutes

March 1, 2013: Agenda, Minutes

March 27, 2012: Agenda

October 13, 2011: Agenda