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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.

Latest Updates

Joint Committee on Finance Approves 2024-2025 Early Literacy Instructional Materials List

On March 11, the Joint Committee on Finance approved the 2024-2025 early literacy instructional materials list. Districts that purchase these materials, including consumables needed to implement these materials, on or after March 11 are eligible for a partial reimbursement grant. More details of the grant and the grant application will be available here soon. Note that due to the timeline for the availability of these funds and the fact that these grants must be prorated based on the number of districts that apply and the amounts they are applying for, it is possible that reimbursements will not be provided to districts until 2026. DPI cannot guarantee any specific amount of funding. Similar to federal funding grant reimbursements, districts will need to provide invoices in the claim process as evidence that eligible titles were purchased within an eligible calendar window.  

Here is the list of early literacy instructional materials eligible for grants in 2024-2025.

  • Bookworms Reading and Writing K-3 (Open Up Resources, 2022)
  • Core Knowledge Language Arts K-3 (CKLA, Amplify Education, 2022)
  • *EL Education K-3 Language Arts (Open Up Resources, 2017)
  • **Wit and Wisdom (Great Minds, 2020) with Geodes and PK-3 Reading Curriculum (Really Great Reading)

 *Note that EL is available in an open source format and is physically published by different publishers. The only publisher eligible for these grants is Open Up Resources.

**Note that to be eligible for these grants, an LEA must provide evidence that they are using all components of this package. 

Schools and districts not using these titles may form a team and use the Wisconsin Act 20 Curriculum Crosswalk Toolkit found at this link to document whether the early literacy instructional materials they are using meet the Act 20 definition of science-based early literacy instruction. 

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.

Early Literacy Curriculum Council

Find information about the appointed Early Literacy Curriculum Council here and in the left-hand navigation bar.

Find information and details about meetings of the Early Literacy Curriculum Council here and in the left-hand navigation bar.

Information for Vendors and Publishers

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.

Contact the Early Reading Team