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WISE Data Requests

Wisconsin DPI Data Request Process

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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) collects and maintains data about education in the State of Wisconsin required for state and federal reporting, including student data, school finance data, teacher licensing data, school performance data, and agency data. Individuals can request data through the process described below.

New Data Requests:

Public Data Request Information

Confidential Data Request Information

Existing Confidential Requests:


Request Changes to an Existing Confidential Data Use Agreement (DUA)

Notify DPI of Planned/Intended/Executed Data Destruction

New Requests: Public Data or Confidential Data

Option 1: Public Data

Public Data Description: Anyone has a right to access public data. This data includes: non-identifying data about students, Scholastic Resources, Performance Reports/Profiles, Charter/Private Schools, and Public Library data.

Examples: Review the public data available on the DPI website by selecting Data Resources.

  1. Step 1: Verify your desired data doesn't already exist in WISEdash.
  2. Step 2: Submit your electronic data request to DPI.
If you wish to request public data that is not available on the DPI website or need assistance in locating the data you need, please click the following General Data Request form. Note: This form is only for non-confidential public data. Meeting the information needs of the public is one of DPI's most important functions. Therefore, subject to the requirements of department policy and other applicable state and federal laws, DPI will respond to requests for data in a timely, cost-effective, and complete manner.


Option 2: Confidential Data

  1. Data Description: Data that does not fall under the characteristics of Public Data in the above description. This often includes data that has not been redacted to prevent identification of specific individuals within a population.

Examples: Individual student-level data, data containing PII, and un-redacted data that identifies individual students

  1. Step 1: Identify the specific DPI Data Elements you want as part of your request.
    • District-specific data collection at DPI: Check out the Available Data Elements Map for details.
    • Guidelines/Sample Agreements: Individuals or organizations requesting student-level or other confidential data should read the guidelines and SAMPLE Data Use Agreement (DUA): Guidelines and Sample DUA Packet.
    • Student Data Privacy/Security Documentation: Individuals or organizations requesting student-level or other confidential data should review documentation on the DPI Student Data Privacy Information webpage.
  2. Step 2: Submit your electronic data request to DPI.
    • Submitting a request for Confidential Data to DPI: If you would like to request confidential data, you will need to submit the Confidential Data Request Application below, provide details for your request, and submit the form to DPI for approval/disapproval. Requests are reviewed monthly by an internal team.

Confidential Data Request Application

As part of your submission, you agree to the data privacy and confidentiality terms and conditions governed by federal and state laws. DPI is only allowed to share confidential data under circumstances provided by law.

Existing Confidential Requests

Request Changes to an Existing Confidential Data Use Agreement (DUA)

If you have an existing confidential Data Use Agreement (DUA) with DPI and need to make modifications to the DUA, you need to submit the Data Use Agreement Modification request form. DPI will review the request and will notify you if the modification is approved as requested or if you are required to create a new Data Use Agreement Application.


Notify DPI of Intended/Executed Data Destruction

Please use this Data Destruction Certification form to notify DPI of agreement-specific data destruction, method of destruction, and other necessary details.

For more information regarding proper data destruction procedures, check out the PTAC Data Destruction Best Practices Guide.

Note: In accordance with the Data Use Agreement (DUA) between DPI and the recipient (i.e., individual or organization), the recipient is required to notify DPI that all data files connected to the DUA were destroyed as outlined in an expired DUA or when the data is no longer needed for the purposes of the DUA, whichever comes first.



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