Reading Improvement Efforts in Wisconsin
Under the direction of Dr. Jill Underly, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has engaged in several efforts to support schools in delivering high-quality reading for all learners. Highlights include the State Superintendent's Reading Advisory Council, a diverse group of Wisconsin community members committed to strengthening literacy learning in Wisconsin's schools and supporting and implementing 2023 Wisconsin Act 20. This website will be updated with information about all efforts to implement 2023 Wisconsin Act 20 and to improve reading.
DPI submits memo to Joint Committee on Finance with early literacy instructional materials recommendations
On February 19, DPI submitted a memo to the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance recommending 11 early literacy instructional materials be approved for Wisconsin's recommended list. The Joint Committee on Finance has 14 days to approve or modify this recommendation. Find DPI's full memo at this link. Find the curriculum comparison tables at this link. Find the Early Literacy Curriculum Council's letter with recommendations at this link.
The deadline for applying for the Director of the Wisconsin Reading Center position was February 16, 11:00 PM CST
Early Literacy Curriculum Council
Find open meeting notices for these meetings, which includes the agenda and link for public observers to join the meeting, on DPI's education calendar page.
The early literacy curriculum council will meet Tuesday, March 5 at 4:00.
The early literacy curriculum council met Wednesday, January 24 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Find the agenda at this link. See the recording for this meeting at this link. Find the meeting minutes at this link.
The early literacy curriculum council will meet in person on Saturday, January 20 at 9 am. Find the agenda at this link. This meeting will not be streamed or recorded.
The early literacy curriculum council met virtually on Friday, January 12 due to weather. Find the agenda at this link . The council voted to adjourn at approximately 11:40 in order to use the rest of the day for independent review and rating of instructional materials. This meeting was not recorded. Find the meeting minutes at this link.
The December 7 meeting had to be canceled due to tech issues.
The second meeting of the early literacy curriculum council took place Thursday, October 19, 4:30 - 6:00 PM. The information shared at this meeting can be found in this slide deck.
The initial meeting of the early literacy curriculum council took place Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. The information shared at this meeting can be found in this slide deck.
The Wisconsin early literacy curriculum council is seeking submissions for early literacy (5K through grade 3) instructional materials for review and recommendation to the Department of Public Instruction with the goal of creating a recommended list of early literacy instructional materials for Wisconsin schools and districts that meet the statutory definition of science-based early literacy instruction as found in 2023 Wisconsin Act 20.
Vendors and publishers submitting materials can find all information in the left-hand navigation bar.