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Counting Public School 9th Graders for the Personal Electronic Computing Device Grant (PECDG)

Overview and Contact

In the fall of 2020, all school districts needed to record the number of 9th grade students in the PI-1563 September report. Wisconsin statute 115.438(4)(a)1 speaks to the responsibility of each school district to provide the number of 9th grade students to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) through the end of this grant program in 2022-23. This data must be reported even though the 2019 Act 9 (the Personal Electronic Computing Devices Grant) is no longer funded effective with the 2019-20 school year. Additional information is available at the Personal Electronic Computing Device Grant webpage (read through the "grant FAQ" page for information on the grant application process).

For budgeting and recording PECDG revenue, the requesting public school district should use source code 630 State Special Project Grants - Revenue for state grant programs received from DPI and 296 is the grant project number.

Note: Each public school needs to provide the School Financial Services (SFS) team with their 9th grade membership for fall of 2019.

District Reporting of September 2020 9th Grade Membership for 2021-2022 PECDG Eligibility, if funds is provided.

Each public school district is expected to provide their 2020 9th Grade Membership data in the PI-1563 Pupil Count - September portal. The portal opened on Friday, September 18, 2020 and was due with the closure of the PI-1563 - September portal on Friday, October 2, 2020. This was the data collecting process for the remaining year of the PECDG program.

Data Submissions

Each district was asked to provide data related to 9th grade membership in the PI-1563 - September 2020.

  • Step 1 screens 1.1 and 1.2;
  • Step 2 screen 2.11;
  • Step 3 screens 3.1.19 and 3.2.1; and
  • Step 4 screen 4.12.

On the summary screen, the district saw the total value: Step 1 - Step 2 - Step 3 + Step 4. This data will then be used to determine the district's eligibility for PECDG payment during the 2020-2021 school year. On the "Comparison to Prior Year Data" screen within the PI-1563-September, the 9th grade count will be listed at the bottom of the chart. Reminder: If it is necessary during the school year to edit the September - 2019 PI-1563 data and the edit includes 9th grade students, make the needed adjustments on those webpages where that data is collected. 

For questions about this information, contact Bruce Anderson (608) 267-9707, Roselynn Bittorf (608) 267-9212