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WISE Data Elements

To meet state and federal reporting requirements, as applicable, public school districts and private schools participating in the Choice program must submit student information to DPI. Here is a list of data elements with links to descriptions of each. Also included are lists or tables of expected values where needed.

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Actual Discipline Action Length

Public Schools

Actual Discipline Action Length indicates the actual length in school days of a student's disciplinary assignment

Behavior Descriptor

Public Schools

Behavior for which the offender is deemed the perpetrator of an incident. Behaviors are ranked in order of severity with handgun being the most severe.

Behavior Detailed Description

Public Schools

For firearm-related incidents which have one or more associated disciplines, but no disciplinary action is an expulsion, this description must provide the reason why the student did not receive the mandatory expulsion.

Discipline Action ID

Public Schools

Unique identifier of the Discipline Action resource

Discipline Action Identifier

Public Schools

Identifier assigned by the local education organization to the discipline action. 

Discipline Date

Public Schools

The date on which the discipline action started. The discipline date must occur on or after the incident date. 

Discipline Descriptor (Action)

Public Schools

Discipline Descriptor is a type of action, such as removal from the classroom, used to discipline the student involved as a perpetrator in a discipline incident.

Discipline Incident ID

Public Schools

Unique identifier of the Discipline Incident resource

Discipline Incident Identifier

Public Schools

A locally assigned unique identifier (within the school or school district) to identify each specific incident or occurrence. 

Discipline Incident Reference

Public Schools

Reference to the related Discipline Incident resource, including the Incident Identifier and School ID.

Discipline Length

Public Schools

 Number of school days during which student is removed for this school term, incident, and disciplinary action.

Discipline School Reference

Public Schools

Reference to the related school resource, i.e., the school ID as assigned by the State Education Agency (SEA).

Discipline Student Reference

Public Schools

Reference to the related student resource, i.e., the unique student ID.

District (Submitting District)

Public Schools

For WISEdata collection purposes, the data element District (also known as Submitting District) is the code for the agency submitting the WISEdata record.

District of Residence (Resident District)

Choice Schools, Public Schools

Resident District is based on where the student typically sleeps at night. This may be at home, in an institution, or in any other facility.

Early Reinstatement Conditions

Public Schools

Following an expulsion, this data element applies if the student had early reinstatement conditions to return to school prior to the end of the expulsion. 

Economically Disadvantaged Status

Choice Schools, Public Schools

An economically disadvantaged student is a student who is identified by Direct Certification, who is a member of a household that meets the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or who is identified by an alternate mechanism, such as the alternate household income form. Every student in every grade in every school is to be queried each year to find economically disadvantaged status. 

Effective Begin and End Dates

Choice Schools, Public Schools

The effective dates are the entry and exit dates when a student receives educational services from a school during a period of continuous enrollment at a school and is designated by WISEdata logic if overlapping enrollments occur.

English Language Proficiency (Limited English Proficiency)

Choice Schools, Public Schools

English language proficiency classifications are defined in PI 13.08 Wis. Admin Code. Students with English language proficiency classifications of 1-5 are considered Limited English Proficient (LEP). For students in grade levels KG to 12, the value reported is expected to correspond to the results from the most recent administration of the ACCESS for ELLs exam.

Enrollment and Exit Date

Choice Schools, Public Schools

The school enrollment date is the date a student initially receives educational services from a school during a period of continuous enrollment at a school. An exit date is the date a student withdraws or exits a school and no longer receives services. A separate enrollment and exit withdraw date pair is required for each continuous period of enrollment at any given school.

Enrollment Type

Choice Schools, Public Schools

The enrollment type describes how a student is enrolled at a school, whether as a primary or non-primary enrollment.

FAPE-Responsible School/District

Public Schools

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) responsible school fields are required for data submission and should always be completed. The school/district identified as FAPE responsible will be held accountable.

Food Service Eligibility Begin & End Dates

Choice Schools, Public Schools

The Student School Food Service Program Association Begin Date refers to the month, day, and year on which the student first began receiving food services, or the beginning of the student's enrollment period for the school year being reported. The Student School Food Service Program Association End Date refers to the month, day, and year on which the student exited the food service program or stopped receiving services for the school year being reported.

Food Services Eligibility

Public Schools

Food service eligibility is an indicator of whether or not a student receives full-priced, reduced-priced, or free lunch under NSLP or has an unknown eligibility status.

Gender

Choice Schools, Public Schools

Sex Type in WISEdata, known as Gender in WISEid and WISEdash, shall be submitted as Male, Female or Nonbinary. 

Homeless Primary Nighttime Residence Type

Public Schools

Homeless Primary Nighttime Residence Type denotes the kind of impermanent housing or lack of housing where the homeless student stays at night.

Homeless Status

Public Schools

Homeless status is an indication of whether a student is homeless. Homeless students lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Homeless Unaccompanied Youth

Public Schools

Homeless Unaccompanied Youth is a required field to state whether or not homeless children or youth are in physical custody of a parent or guardian.

Immigrant T3

Public Schools

Immigrant (Title III) is an indication of whether or not a student qualifies as an immigrant under Title III, Section 3301 (6) of the ESSA.

Incident Date

Public Schools

Date the incident resulting in removal occurred. The incident date must occur within the reporting school year and within an active enrollment period for the associated school.

Language Instruction Assessment Year

Public Schools

The Language Instruction Assessment Year data element is the year that the student took the assessment that determines the student's current English language proficiency code.

Language Instruction Begin & End Dates

Public Schools

The Language Instruction Begin Date refers to the month, day, and year on which the student first began receiving language instruction services. The Language Instruction End Date refers to the month, day, and year on which the student exited the language instruction program or stopped receiving services for the school year being reported.

Language Instruction Monitoring Year

Public Schools

English language learners who are now proficient (EL code 6) are monitored for two years on content achievement. The Language Instruction Monitoring Year data element describes whether a student is in their first or second year of monitoring.

Language Instruction Primary Service

Public Schools

The Language Instruction Primary Service data element indicates which of the language instruction services a student receives is the primary service.

Language Instruction Services

Public Schools

The Language Instruction Services data element describes which services an English language learner is receiving.

Migrant Status

Public Schools

Migrant Status is an indication of whether or not a student is a migrant student. Districts must have records on file verifying the student's federal eligibility.

Modified Term for Firearms

Public Schools

This data element identifies if the duration of the expulsion has been modified from the federally-required one year of expulsion for a fire arms incident.

Multiple Birth Status

Choice Schools, Public Schools

Multiple birth status indicates whether a student was born as part of a multiple birth, such as twins or triplets. This data element should be submitted as True or False.

Overall Composite Proficiency Level Score

Public Schools

The ACCESS for ELLs Overall Composite Proficiency Level Score is a calculated field in WISEdata and is also known as the Overall Composite Proficiency Level. It represents the prior year ACCESS for ELLs score used to determine a student’s current year English Language Proficiency code (ELP code).

Parent in Military

Public Schools

Parent in Military is a student characteristic that indicates that the student has a parent or guardian who is a member of the armed forces on active duty, serves full-time National Guard duty, or is a traditional member of the National Guard or Reserve.

Race and Ethnicity Data

Choice Schools, Public Schools

A student is only counted in a single racial/ethnic group. Students identified by two or more races (not Hispanic) are reported in the ‘Two or More Races’ category. A two-part question is used to determine to which group the student belongs or with which race/ethnicity he or she most identifies. It is required to answer both parts of the question.

Section 504 Status

Public Schools

A student with Section 504 status is any student who has a physical or mental impairment covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Some Section 504 students will also meet the definition of "student with a disability," and some will not.

Serious Bodily Injury

Public Schools

Serious Bodily Injury involves a substantial risk of death; extreme physical pain; protracted and obvious disfigurement; or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or faculty (18 USC Section 1365 (3)(h)). Serious Bodily Injury is required only when an IAES-School Personnel discipline is associated with the student and incident.

Student Discipline Incident Association ID

Public Schools

Unique identifier of the Student Discipline Incident Association resource

Student Homeless Program Association

Public Schools

Homeless program association is an indication of whether a student is homeless. Homeless students lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Student Homeless Program Association Begin & End Dates

Public Schools

Homeless Begin Date identifies the first date within an enrollment that a student lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The Homeless End Date is the date when a student secures permanent residence and is no longer identified as homeless.

Student Participation Code

Public Schools

Role or participation type of the student in the discipline incident. For WISEdata, only ‘Perpetrator’ should be submitted to DPI.

Student School Association Reference

Public Schools

Reference to the student school association (sSA) in which the incident date occurred.

Student/Staff Name (Legal and Other Names)

Choice Schools, Public Schools

first, last, **middle, **suffix (e.g., Jr. or III) The student's or staff member's legal name shall be submitted. 

WISEid

Choice Schools, Public Schools

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction shall assign each student a WISEid, a unique, permanent, and unduplicated identifier.

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