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Wisconsin DPI Data Requests

General Information

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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.  DPI already publishes certain public data on many topics either on the website or on WISEdash, our public reporting portal. This public data includes: non-identifying data about students, scholastic resources, performance reports/profiles, charter/private schools, and public library data. The following list contains links to frequently-requested public data topics:

WISE Support Help Tickets

If you are looking for help with using one of the DPI applications (WISEid, WISEstaff, WISEdash, WISEdata, etc.) please create a help ticket.

Non-Confidential Data Requests

If you wish to request public data not available on the DPI website, or if you need assistance in locating the data you need, please complete a Non-Confidential Data Request form. Requests are reviewed twice a month. 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.

Note: This form is only for non-confidential public data or records. If your request requires individual student-level data, data containing personally identifiable information (PII), un-redacted, aggregate data that may directly or indirectly identify individual students, or Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data, you must complete a confidential data request (see below).

Confidential Data Requests

Requests for data that do not meet the definition of non-confidential public data require a Confidential Data Request form. Examples of data that are not public include: individual student-level data; data containing personally identifiable information (PII) such as student name, identification number, or demographic information; and un-redacted, aggregate data that may directly or indirectly identify individual students. Confidential data requests are reviewed monthly by an internal team. DPI is only allowed to share confidential data under specific circumstances provided by law. Confidential data will only be provided if the request is approved by DPI and only when the requestor signs a data sharing agreement.

  • Sample Data Use Agreement: Individuals or organizations requesting student-level or other confidential data should read the SAMPLE Data Use Agreement (DUA): Sample DUA
  • Student Data Privacy/Security Documentation: Individuals or organizations requesting student-level or other confidential data should review documentation on the DPI Student Data Privacywebpage.

Modifying an Existing Confidential Data Use Agreement

If you have an existing confidential Data Use Agreement (DUA) with DPI and need to make modifications, you must submit a Data Use Agreement Modification 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 Confidential Data Application.

Notifying DPI of Data Destruction

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 upon completion or termination of the project for which the DUA was entered or when the data is no longer needed for the purposes of the DUA, whichever comes first.  Please use the 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, please see the PTAC Data Destruction Best Practices Guide.

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