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School Level Report Access

How do I get access to the School Level Reporting application?

As with all recent Department of Public Instruction (DPI) applications, users and user roles are assigned via WISEhome. If you are completing the School Level Annual Report for your district/LEA, you will need a WAMS ID. If you already have a WAMS ID for one of the WISE collections, you should use it for School Level Reporting (don't use a personal WAMS ID used for licensing). See the DPI WAMS Guide for instructions.

Once you have a WAMS ID, you will need to work with your District Security Administrator (DSA) to get into the School Level Reporting application. We have an instruction document on requesting access through WISEhome: Request Access to WISE Applications in WISESecure. Be sure to select "WiSFiP (Wisconsin School Finance Portal)" under Applications, and in the Comments field enter "Finance Data Administrator." Your DSA will then be able to log in themselves and approve the request.

Application Access

ESSA School Level Reporting can be accessed through the Wisconsin School Finance Portal (WiSFiP). Click the blue "Start App" button for School Level Reporting and you will be prompted for your WAMS credentials. Then, click the blue "Exclusions" button to get started with the report.

Additional access-related questions and answers

Who is our District Security Administrator?

DPI WISEhome has a District Security Administrator lookup. If the individual shown is no longer with your district/LEA, follow the instructions at DPI WISEhome under “Getting Started in Your District.”

I was just set up in WISEsecure, but when I tried to log into the SLR application with my WAMS ID, nothing happened.

Once a DSA has assigned the WiSFiP "Finance Data Administrator" role in WISEsecure, the security system can take up to 30 minutes to feed that information into the WiSFiP/School Level Reporting application. Close your browser, wait 15-30 minutes, and try again.

I need to complete School Level Reporting for multiple districts/LEAs -- what do I do?

Your WAMS ID is always associated with one primary district/LEA. If you need to add other districts/LEAs, email to request access. You will still see your primary district/LEA in the upper right of the SLR screen, but you'll then be able to select other districts within the report as well.

I was originally assigned to one district but am now working for a new district. When I log in, the "Welcome" text displays my current district but the report district dropdowns still display my original district.

If you completed the SLR report last fall and have since moved to a new district, we'll need to reassign you manually within the WiSFiP application. Again, email to request your district change.

Login Errors and Crashes

I was working on the report earlier (yesterday, etc.) but now I get a strange error.

The application may reset after a period of inactivity. First, click the following link to log yourself out of all DPI WISEhome applications: Then, close your browser, restart it and try to log back in.

I've closed my browser and restarted it, but am still having problems.

You may need to clear your browser's cookies. UW-Madison IT support has instructions for doing so on all browsers: Clearing Browser Cache and Cookies.

I've tried all that and nothing's worked.

Take a screenshot (Windows: Snipping Tool or Alt-PrtScr; Mac: Shift-Command-4) and paste it into an email. Send the email to

Other Issues

I entered some numbers and hit Proceed but they did not save.

Did you enter an amount with dollars and cents? School Level Reporting will only accept amounts in whole dollars.

Otherwise, click the following link to log yourself out of all DPI WISEhome applications: Then, close your browser, restart it and try to log back in.

I'm doing my annual report and the enrollment for one of my schools shows up as zero.

If it is a multi-district virtual charter school, currently, the ESSA School Level Reporting application is configured to pull in enrollments from WISEdata in the same manner as School and District Report Cards. Multi-district charter schools are a special case, where enrollments are assigned to the school at the host district. Other districts will see enrollments of zero in the SLR application for their 2018-19 annual data. We have not yet finalized our business rules on how multi-district virtual charters will be reported in the spring. Over the winter we will discuss the matter with participating districts, but for now school districts should still report their costs for their shares of the school.

Otherwise, take a screenshot (Windows: Snipping Tool or Alt-PrtScr; Mac: Shift-Command-4) and paste it into an email. Send the email to

I'm on one of the Finalize screens and am getting a difference with my PI-1504 or PI-1505. What do I do?

The report now has three comparison screens in the finalize section. Each uses data from your full budget or annual report as a reasonability check for what's entered in the School Level Reporting application. Data from your PI-1504/1505 is not live, but rather is refreshed in the School Level Reporting application every morning at 2 a.m.

#1 - Total Expenditures

This screen compares the total of all the dollar amounts entered in the School Level Report with the all-funds expenditure total from your PI-1504/1505. The totals should be nearly equal. The comparison shows totals by fund from the PI-1504/1505.

#2 - Exclusions

This screen compares the total dollar amount entered for exclusions against MOST of the standard exclusions checked, based on their WUFAR coding. It does not include certain non-accountability students or the Special Ed (Fund 27) portion of Cooperative Programs, as those two things do not have typical WUFAR coding. If the difference remaining includes either or both of those standard exclusions (plus any optional exclusions entered) let us know in the text box on that screen.

#3 - Expected Federal Expenditures

This screen compares the total of all the federal dollar amounts against the source 700 revenues that code most of the common fund federal grant programs that wouldn't be excluded. The specific revenue accounts pulled in from your PI-1504/1505 are shown. If the difference is due to your having federal expenditures that weren't funded with dollars under the revenue accounts shown, or having expenditures that are part of an exclusion (such as a grant-funded purchase of capital equipment), let us know in the text box on the screen.