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ESSA School Level Reporting - Financial Transparency

School Level Reporting Application

Access via the Wisconsin State Finance Portal (WiSFiP)


The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (Title I, section 1111) introduced a new requirement for each local education agency (LEA) to report expenditures to their state education agency (SEA), which would in turn report that information to the U.S. Department of Education. Under this reporting requirement, expenditures are reported by school, by funding source (either with federal funds or with state or local funds) and by per-pupil. The School Financial Services (SFS) team worked with the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials and other stakeholders to develop an online collection tool that assists districts and other Wisconsin LEAs with meeting this requirement.

Implementation Plan

Statement on Implementation of the ESSA Fiscal Transparency Requirement

DPI's plan for implementing School Level Reporting (SLR) is as follows:

  • 2018-19 Fiscal Year Collections:
    • October 13, 2020: District/LEA data quality review begins.
    • November 16, 2020: Data publicly available in the WISEdash Public Portal and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • 2019-20 Fiscal Year Collections:
    • August 2020: Open SLR collection for 2019-20 annual (year end actual) reporting.
    • Spring 2021: Report 2019-20 annual SLR data to U.S. Dept. of Education.
  • 2020-21 Fiscal Year Collections:
    • November 2020: Open SLR collection for 2020-21 budget reporting.
    • July 2021: Open SLR collection for 2020-21 annual (year end actual) reporting.
    • June 2022: Report 2020-21 annual SLR data to U.S. Dept. of Education.
  • 2021-22 Fiscal Year Onward: SLR collections will use financial and student data submitted through WISEdata. Supplemental data on exclusions may continue to be collected through a modified version of the existing application.

School Level Reporting Resources

ESSA School Level Reporting Videos

What's New for the 2018-19 ESSA SLR Annual (9/5/2019 webinar) (27:23)
A three-part video series on ESSA School Level Reporting:

View as a YouTube playlist

Note: Portions of the application have changed since Part 3 was created, so we recommend viewing the "What's New" webinar referenced above.

SLR Data Reporting Format

More detailed information on the data being collected and the expenditure categories that will be reported.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some frequently asked questions from the field on ESSA School Level Reporting.

Help with Common SLR Issues

Advice on how to respond to error messages or address other common issues while completing the report.

"Preparing For School Level Reporting: How To Guide"

Document to assist LEAs and software vendors with preparing for the SLR budget collection.

DPI SLR Workbook (v. 2.2)

Excel workbook to assist LEAs with compiling their budgeted or actual expenditure data for reporting.

Financial Transparency and Reporting Readiness Assessment Tool

A tool--along with a facilitator's guide and webinar--available from the ESEA State Support Network "to help districts and states understand the dynamics of school-level per-pupil reporting in their own district financial data."

CCSSO School-Level Spending Toolkit
A toolkit to support district-level communications efforts around the ESSA school-level expenditure reporting requirement, by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Technical Information

Specification of the file upload format and sample report filters for Recommended Standard Exclusions.

SLR Presentation (WASDA/State Superintendent's Conference 2020)

Current version of the SFS team's PowerPoint presentation on SLR.

3rd Friday 2019 Enrollments by School

Enrollment data available for reference in comparing enrollments used for 2019-20 and 2020-21 school level expenditure reporting.

2018-19 School Level Budget Data

Budgeted per-pupil school level expenditures based upon data reported by districts/LEAs for the 2018-19 school year.

For questions about this information, contact Daniel Bush (608) 266-6968