State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Tony Evers was first elected Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction in April 2009. He was re-elected to the post in 2013 and 2017. With over three decades of public education experience, Dr. Evers has dedicated his life to advancing public education in Wisconsin.
As Wisconsin's chief state school officer and leader of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Dr. Evers has steadfastly worked to transform Wisconsin's education system in order to realize the vision of "Every Child a Graduate, College and Career Ready."
Working toward that vision are four simple, but powerful areas of education reform to meet measurable goals that will advance education for all students.
State Superintendent Evers has made lasting investments and reforms that will shape Wisconsin's educational landscape for years to come, including:
- adopting new rigorous academic state standards in English language arts and mathematics that are aligned to college and workforce expectations;
- reforming and modernizing student testing in Wisconsin by phasing out the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam and leading national efforts to build a new multi-state student assessment system;
- implementing needed reforms in the state's largest school district — the Milwaukee Public Schools — to turn around struggling schools and improve student performance;
- creating a fair and robust educator evaluation system as well as a new school accountability process;
- piloting innovative personalized learning efforts that keep the student at the center
- reinvigorating career and technical education and expanding dual enrollment opportunities;
- investing in innovation that makes sense, including charter schools and changes to educator preparation and teacher licensing that provide more flexibility to school districts to hire highly qualified educators; and
- authoring a sweeping new school finance reform plan, Fair Funding for Our Future, to secure fair, sustainable, and transparent funding for Wisconsin schools.
Dr. Evers began his career in 1976 as an educator in Tomah and has served Wisconsin students, parents, and citizens as an education leader at every level — principal, school district administrator, CESA administrator, and deputy state superintendent — before his election to the state's highest educational post.
Born and raised in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Dr. Evers graduated from Plymouth High School and earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Evers is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, an educator. They are parents of three adult children, all public school graduates, and have seven grandchildren.