2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 2,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 379
February 19, 2014 - Offered by Representative Steineke.
1An Act to repeal
115.38, 118.42 (2) and 118.42 (3) (b); to renumber
115.28 (12) 2
(title) and 118.40 (5); to renumber and amend
115.28 (12) (a), 115.28 (12) (ag) 3
(intro.), 115.28 (12) (ag) 1. and 2. and 115.28 (12) (b); to amend
20.255 (1) (e), 4
20.255 (1) (he), 115.001 (1), 115.775 (1), 118.125 (4), 118.40 (2r) (b) 1. (intro.), 5
118.40 (2r) (b) 2., 118.40 (2r) (b) 2m., 118.40 (2r) (b) 4., 118.40 (2r) (bm), 118.40 6
(2r) (cm), 118.40 (2r) (d) (intro.), 118.40 (3) (b), 118.40 (3) (e), 118.40 (4) (c), 7
118.42 (title), 118.42 (3) (c) 1. (intro.), 118.42 (3) (c) 2., 118.42 (4), 118.60 (10) (c), 8
118.60 (10) (d), 119.04 (1), 119.23 (10) (c), 119.23 (10) (d), 121.006 (2) (d) and 9
121.02 (1) (o); and to create
15.377 (5), 20.255 (3) (fm), 115.383 (4), 115.383 (5), 10
115.385 (3), 115.39, 118.40 (5) (b), 118.425, 118.60 (9m), 119.23 (9m) and 120.12 11
(26) of the statutes; relating to: the student information system, a school and
1school district accountability system, low-performing schools, charter school
2contracts, pupil records, and creating the academic accountability council.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Student information system
Current law directs the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to develop a
proposal for a multiple-vendor student information system (SIS). DPI must submit
the proposal to the Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) for its approval. If JCF
approves the proposal, DPI must implement it and must ensure that information
about pupils enrolled in charter schools and about pupils enrolled in private schools
participating in a parental choice program (PCP) is collected and maintained in the
SIS. Current law also provides that if the SIS is established, DPI must ensure that
within five years, every school district and every charter school is using the SIS, and
that every private school participating in a PCP is either using the SIS or is using
a system that is interoperable with the SIS. Current law authorizes DPI to
promulgate rules establishing a fee for use of the SIS.
This substitute amendment provides that if the SIS is established, DPI must
ensure that within five years, every school district and every charter school, other
than an independent charter school, is using the system. The substitute amendment
also provides that, beginning in the 2015-16 school year, DPI must ensure that every
independent charter school and every private school participating in a PCP is either
using the SIS or is using a system that is commercially available, capable of
providing the information required, and able to obtain pupil identification numbers.
If the SIS is established, the substitute amendment allows DPI to promulgate rules
establishing a fee for using the SIS. However, the rules are not effective unless JCF
Finally, the substitute amendment specifies that a private school participating
in a PCP is not required to include in the SIS it is using information about pupils who
are not attending the private school under the PCP.
School and school district accountability
Current law directs DPI, annually by September 1, to publish a school and
school district accountability report that includes the following components:
1. Multiple measures to determine a school's performance or a school district's
improvement, including pupil achievement and growth in reading and mathematics;
measures of college and career readiness; and gaps in pupil achievement and
graduation rates categorized by various factors.
2. An index system to identify a school's level of performance and annually
place each school into one of five performance categories.
Current law provides that one year after an independent charter school or a
private school participating in a PCP begins using the SIS or a system that is
interoperable with the SIS, DPI must include the school in its school accountability
This substitute amendment eliminates all of the above provisions and
establishes a school and school district accountability system, initially effective in
the 2016-17 school year, that is applicable to school districts, public schools, charter
schools, and private schools participating in a PCP. The substitute amendment
directs DPI to determine a school's and school district's performance in the following
1. Pupil achievement in reading and mathematics.
2. Growth in pupil achievement in reading and mathematics, calculated using
a value-added methodology.
3. Gap closure in growth in pupil achievement in reading and mathematics and
in graduation rates.
4. Rates of attendance or of high school graduation.
The substitute amendment specifies the information about a school or school
district that DPI may use to measure performance in each of the above areas.
For a private school participating in a PCP, the substitute amendment directs
DPI to use for each area only the information that pertains to pupils attending the
private school under the PCP. The substitute amendment, however, allows a private
school participating in a PCP to submit to DPI achievement data from a test
administered to all of the pupils attending the private school if the test is a nationally
recognized, norm-referenced test that has been approved for this use by DPI. (See
below.) If a private school does so, its report card must display a grade derived from
data generated by all pupils attending the school, but this grade may not be used to
determine whether a sanction should be imposed.
The substitute amendment requires DPI to issue an annual accountability
report for each school and school district that grades the school's or school district's
overall performance on the following scale:
1. Significantly exceeds expectations.
2. Exceeds expectations.
3. Meets expectations.
4. Meets few expectations.
5. Fails to meet expectations.
The substitute amendment directs DPI to provide a school or school district an
opportunity to review a preliminary version of a report in order to correct errors.
The substitute amendment allows DPI to downgrade a school's rating if DPI
determines that the percentage of pupils taking the statewide assessments is
The substitute amendment creates an Academic Accountability Council in DPI
to make recommendations to DPI on:
1. Whether a school that has been determined to be failing but demonstrates
high-value added growth, as determined by the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Value-Added Research Center, should be sanctioned.
2. How a school's and school district's grade should be affected whenever a pupil
is excused from taking a statewide assessment.
3. Policies that address accommodations on statewide assessments for certain
pupils attending a private school participating in a PCP that are similar to
accommodations made for such pupils attending public schools.
4. Further clarifying the data that DPI may use for each measure used to
determine a school's or school district's performance.
5. The methodology for calculating the performance of schools and school
6. The weight to be given each measure used.
7. The qualifying score for each grade.
8. A list of nationally recognized, norm-referenced tests that a choice school
may use as described above.
9. Modifying the sanctions imposed on schools for poor performance.
The substitute amendment directs the Legislative Audit Bureau annually to
study DPI's methodology for calculating the performance of schools and school
districts and report its findings each January to the Joint Legislative Audit
Low-performing schools and school districts; interventions
Current law requires a school board and DPI to take certain steps if a school or
school district is in need of improvement or among the lowest performing, as follows:
1. If DPI determines that a school district has been in need of improvement for
four consecutive school years, the school board must:
a. Employ a standard, consistent, research-based curriculum that is aligned
with the state's model academic standards;
b. Use pupil academic performance data to differentiate instruction to meet
c. Implement a system of academic and behavioral supports and early
intervention for pupils; and
d. Provide additional learning time to address the academic needs of pupils who
are struggling academically.
2. If DPI determines that a particular public school has been in the lowest
performing 5 percent of all public schools in the state in the previous school year and
is located in a school district that has been in need of improvement for four
consecutive school years, the school board must do the following in the school: