In May 2010, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) won a three-year ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant to support accountability. Specifically, a portion of the grant money allowed WDPI to procure or build an online educator licensing system due to the limitations of Wisconsin’s aging, paper-based teacher licensing system.
Project activities have taken longer than anticipated and a one-year extension of the federal grant was requested and has been approved.
The online education licensing system will reduce cycle time to process a license, improve data quality and provide real-time licensure data. In the current education climate where many of us are asked to do more for less, WDPI is committed to assisting educators, school districts and education preparation programs to achieve greater efficiency in their part of the licensure process.
Ultimately, the new system will significantly improve the turnaround time to issue license and provide an improved client support to all WDPI stakeholders.