Course Reference: Roster
A reference to the related DPI-populated Course resource, including its information, such as the ID of the Education Organization that defines the curriculum and courses offered, often the LEA or school, or the actual code that identifies the organization of subject matter and related learning experiences provided for the instruction of students. You will still need to select the appropriate course code to enter and submit to WISEdata, but the course attributes and generic course code identifier (not the CWCS or SCED codes) attached to the course code you choose will be populated by DPI.
*The column descriptions below apply to the 2020-21 course .csv file ONLY. Filters to search this page are currently unavailable to work properly for both years, so use the .csv file to obtain course information.
When reviewing the downloaded data, the CSV column headers are as follows:
- The first column in the Roster Course List is the 'Roster Code'.
- The second column is the SCED Course Title.
- The third column is the ‘SCED Subject Area’.
- The fourth column contains the ‘Course Description’.
- The fifth column displays ‘Rigor Level’.
- The sixth column is ‘CTE Course’ to denote whether or not the course is part of Career and Technical Education.
- The seventh column is ‘CTE Career Pathway’ to show the associated career pathway if the course is part of CTE.
- The eighth column is ‘Course Program’ and displays to which program the course applies.
- The ninth column is the ‘SCED 7 code’.
- The last column is ‘Deprecated’ and contains the course codes that were archived.
You can also search courses by subject area below.
Search 2020-21 Courses
USES: This data element links a course to a particular subject matter and curriculum and the school/agency that offers it. The user will select the appropriate course code, and then DPI will link that code behind the scenes to the sessions, grading periods, student, etc...
FAQs, Details, and Points to Note
- FAQs: For more specific information and use cases, see the Roster FAQ page.
- Non-credit Activities: Non-credit activities and schedule segments which take place during the regular school day, such as school clubs, study hall, tutorials, and guidance, may be submitted to Roster but are NOT required.
SCED Course Codes: A SCED Course Code is a unique identifier assigned to a course and consists of three parts, a Subject Area, a Course Identifier within that Subject Area, and the Course Level. This is an alphanumeric field. The course code will utilize the NCES/SCED standards where applicable. The first two numeric characters reflect the subject area, the middle three numeric characters reflect the specific course identifier, and the last alpha character reflects the course level.
DPI encourages a thorough review of the course content by the faculty to determine the most appropriate match.
Wisconsin Course Codes: Wisconsin-created course codes all contain an alpha character in the 3 position of the former CWCS course code column.
- Transition from SCED 3 to SCED 5: When DPI implemented Roster to WISEdata, we used SCED v.3.0 (see #3 above for more on this) with some additional WI-specific courses, all of which were mapped from CWCS, the former course work collection. Starting in the 2018-19 school year, DPI will move to the SCED v.5.0 courses. 2018-19 will be a transition year, so districts will not be forced to move to SCED 5 immediately. DPI will maintain the existing courses and provide the mapping to SCED 5 courses for the 2018-19 school year. Districts will be prompted use SCED 5 codes, mapping the SCED 3 codes to the new SCED 5 course codes when necessary. Note, course codes will still each be broken out by Rigor Level. Read on for code information on transitioning to SCED 5.
- Codes Remain the Same: If the course codes in the 2017-18 DPI course list are the same as the SCED 5 version for 2018-19, both will have a CWCS and a SCED 5 Identification Type in the DPI course table.
- New Codes for 2018-19: For all the course codes that were not in 2017-18 but are new for 2018-19 as part of the transition to SCED 5, they will have an Identification Type of SCED 5. They will NOT have a matching CWCS version, as they did not exist in prior versions. If you see a course that only says SCED 5, you can tell it's a brand new code.
- 2017-18 Course Code Archived and Replaced by 2018-19 Code: Codes that existed in 2017-18 under SCED 3 but that have been replaced in SCED 5 for the 2018-19 school year will notify you in the DPI course table of the switch. For archived codes, the Identification Type will say Replaced By with the new SCED 5 code in the Identification Code column. The listing of the new code will have the new number as the DPI course code, Replaces in the Identification Type column, and the old CWCS code in the Identification Code column, so users can see the mapping of the transition.
- Course descriptions of archived courses will state: DO NOT USE. Deprecated starting in 2018-19 school year. The description will then notify users of the new SCED 5 course code that has replaced the archived code.
- 2017-18 Code Archived, No 2018-19 Replacement: Courses that existed in 2017-18 but will not exist in 2018-19 under the new SCED 5 course codes will display with an Identification Type of Deprecated.
- Course descriptions of archived courses will still have the old details followed by the statement: DO NOT USE. Deprecated starting in 2018-19 school year.
- Career Education Courses: A Career & Technical Education (CTE) course offering is expected to be taught by a licensed CTE instructor. These CTE courses will have a CTE flag on the course characteristics.
- Roster Course Rigor Level Decision Diagram: For help in determining course rigor level assignment, view this decision diagram.