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There have been many recent changes to licensure in statute and rule.  Please review the Latest Licensing News blog for updates on current licensing requirements.


Note: The US Education Department has notified the states that they do not have to report Highly Qualified Teacher data during this transition year (2016-2017) from No Child Left Behind requirements to the new Every Student Succeeds Act.  USED is working on regulations for the new reporting requirements.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is required by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to monitor teachers of core academic subjects who do not meet the definition of highly qualified. Teachers of core academic subjects are those who teach English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts (general music, choral music, instrumental music, dance, theatre and art), history and geography, including elementary education and special education teachers.

A teacher is considered highly qualified to teach a core academic subject(s) when that teacher either:

  • holds the Initial Educator, Professional Educator or Master Educator license for that subject(s); OR
  • meets all three of the following criteria while holding an emergency license or permit in the subject(s):
    1. holds a major or minor in the subject(s) he or she teaches or has passed the appropriate WI content knowledge exam for the required license;
    2. is enrolled in an approved program leading to the required license that the educator can complete in no more than 3 school years; AND
    3. is receiving high quality professional development and intense supervision and mentoring from the district while teaching.

To meet our monitoring obligation, the DPI has developed “Wisconsin’s Title II Highly Qualified Teachers Plan” – a statewide strategy to identify educators who do not meet the above criteria and to ensure that they become highly qualified.

Highly Qualified Teacher Plan: Ensuring Highly Qualified Teachers

As part of the Title II Highly Qualified Teachers Plan, each year all public educational agencies (e.g. public school districts including charter schools, CESAs, tribal schools, state schools) that are required to have their teachers hold a teaching license through the DPI, will report to the DPI:

  1. those teachers who are not highly qualified, and
  2. the support that is provided for these teachers to become highly qualified.

The annual reporting process and timeline are:


Who Submits


By November 15 of the school year

All public educational agencies, regardless if all employed teachers who teach core academic subject areas within the agency district are highly qualified.

PI-9550-IIC: Highly Qualified Teacher Plan

By June 1 of the school year

Public educational agencies that employed a teacher or teachers of core academic subjects who was or were considered not highly qualified during some or all of the school year.

PI-9550-IIC3: Highly Qualified Teacher Plan-Final Plan

It is very important that the teacher assignment information as reported on PI-1202 Fall Staff Report and the highly qualified information as provided on page 2B of emergency license application coincide with the information provided on the Highly Qualified Teacher Plan. Teacher assignments in PI-1202 along with highly qualified information gathered on emergency license applications will be used to validate information that is submitted on Highly Qualified Teacher Plan.

Letter to Parents

ESEA also requires that schools receiving Title I funds notify parents or legal guardians when their child has been taught core academic subjects for four consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not considered highly qualified. Please see sample letter to parents listed under Related Documents.

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