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115.37(1)(1) In this section:
115.37(1)(a) (a) "Council" means the blind and visual impairment education council.
115.37(1)(b) (b) "Visually impaired" has the meaning given in s. 115.51 (4).
115.37(2) (2) The state superintendent shall seek the advice of and consult with the council on issues related to persons who are visually impaired. The state superintendent and the director of the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or their designees, shall attend meetings of the council.
115.37(3) (3) The council shall do all of the following:
115.37(3)(a) (a) Meet at least twice each year.
115.37(3)(b) (b) Advise the state superintendent on such statewide services, activities, programs, investigations and research as in its judgment will benefit pupils who are visually impaired.
115.37(3)(c) (c) Make recommendations for the improvement of services provided by the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
115.37(3)(d) (d) Review the level and quality of services available to pupils in the state who are visually impaired and make recommendations about those services.
115.37(3)(e) (e) Propose to the state superintendent ways to improve the preparation of teachers and other staff who provide services to pupils who are visually impaired.
115.37(3)(f) (f) Propose to the state superintendent ways to improve coordination between the department and other agencies in providing services to persons who are visually impaired.
115.37(4) (4) The council may initiate consultations with the department.
115.37(5) (5) The council shall have access to public files, public records and statistics kept in the department that relate to matters concerning children who are visually impaired.
115.37 History History: 1971 c. 292; 1995 a. 27 s. 9145 (1); 1997 a. 27, 164; 1999 a. 9.
115.372 115.372 Deaf and hard-of-hearing education council.
115.372(1)(1) In this section:
115.372(1)(a) (a) "Council" means the deaf and hard-of-hearing education council.
115.372(1)(b) (b) "Hearing impaired" has the meaning given in s. 115.51 (2).
115.372(2) (2) The state superintendent shall seek the advice of and consult with the council on issues related to persons who are hearing impaired. The state superintendent and the director of the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, or their designees, shall attend meetings of the council.
115.372(3) (3) The council shall do all of the following:
115.372(3)(a) (a) Meet at least twice each year.
115.372(3)(b) (b) Advise the state superintendent on such statewide services, activities, programs, investigations, and research as in its judgment will benefit pupils who are hearing impaired.
115.372(3)(c) (c) Make recommendations for the improvement of services provided by the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
115.372(3)(d) (d) Review the level and quality of services available to pupils in the state who are hearing impaired and make recommendations about those services.
115.372(3)(e) (e) Propose to the state superintendent ways to improve the preparation of teachers and other staff who provide services to pupils who are hearing impaired.
115.372(3)(f) (f) Propose to the state superintendent ways to improve coordination between the department and other agencies in providing services to persons who are hearing impaired.
115.372(4) (4) The council may initiate consultations with the department.
115.372(5) (5) The council shall have access to public files, public records, and statistics kept in the department that relate to matters concerning children who are hearing impaired.
115.372 History History: 2001 a. 57.
115.38 115.38 School performance report; educational program review.
115.38(1)(1) The state superintendent shall develop a school and school district performance report for use by school districts under sub. (2). The report shall include all of the following by school and by school district:
115.38(1)(a) (a) Indicators of academic achievement, including the performance of pupils on the tests administered under s. 121.02 (1) (r) and the performance of pupils, by subject area, on the statewide assessment examinations administered under s. 118.30.
115.38(1)(b)1.1. Other indicators of school and school district performance, including dropout, attendance, retention in grade and graduation rates; percentage of habitual truants, as defined in s. 118.16 (1) (a); percentage of pupils participating in extracurricular and community activities and advanced placement courses; percentage of graduates enrolled in postsecondary educational programs; and percentage of graduates entering the workforce.
115.38(1)(b)2. 2. The numbers of suspensions and expulsions; the reasons for which pupils are suspended or expelled, reported according to categories specified by the state superintendent; the length of time for which pupils are expelled, reported according to categories specified by the state superintendent; whether pupils return to school after their expulsion; the educational programs and services, if any, provided to pupils during their expulsions, reported according to categories specified by the state superintendent; the schools attended by pupils who are suspended or expelled; and the grade, sex and ethnicity of pupils who are suspended or expelled and whether the pupils are children with disabilities, as defined in s. 115.76 (5).
115.38(1)(c) (c) Staffing and financial data information, as determined by the state superintendent, not to exceed 10 items. The state superintendent may not request a school board to provide information solely for the purpose of including the information in the report under this paragraph.
115.38(1)(d) (d) The number and percentage of resident pupils attending a course at an educational institution under s. 118.52, the number of nonresident pupils attending a course in the school district under s. 118.52, and the courses taken by those pupils.
115.38(1)(e) (e) The method of reading instruction used in the school district and the textbook series used to teach reading in the school district.
115.38(2) (2)
115.38(2)(a)(a) Annually by January 1, each school board shall notify the parent or guardian of each pupil enrolled in the school district of the right to request a school and school district performance report under this subsection. Except as provided in par. (b), annually by May 1, each school board shall, upon request, distribute to the parent or guardian of each pupil enrolled in the school district, including pupils enrolled in charter schools located in the school district, or give to each pupil to bring home to his or her parent or guardian, a school and school district performance report that includes the information specified by the state superintendent under sub. (1). The report shall also include a comparison of the school district's performance under sub. (1) (a) and (b) with the performance of other school districts in the same athletic conference under sub. (1) (a) and (b). If the school district maintains an Internet site, the report shall be made available to the public at that site.
115.38(2)(b) (b) If a school board enters into an agreement with a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state to establish a charter school, that school board shall, upon request, distribute to the parent or guardian of each pupil enrolled in the charter school a school and school district performance report that includes the information specified by the state superintendent under sub. (1), regardless of the location of the charter school.
115.38(3) (3) Annually, the state superintendent shall publish and distribute to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) a summary of the reports under sub. (2).
115.38(4) (4) Beginning in the 1993-94 school year and annually thereafter, the state superintendent shall identify those school districts that are low in performance and those schools in which there are pupils enrolled who do not meet the state minimum performance standards on the examinations administered under s. 118.30. The state superintendent shall make recommendations regarding how the programs and operations of the identified school districts and schools may be improved and periodically assess school district implementation of the recommendations.
115.385 115.385 School and school district accountability report.
115.385(1)(1) Annually by September, the department shall publish a school and school district accountability report that includes all of the following components:
115.385(1)(a) (a) Multiple measures to determine a school's performance or a school district's improvement, including all of the following:
115.385(1)(a)1. 1. Pupil achievement and growth in reading and mathematics.
115.385(1)(a)2. 2. Measures of college and career readiness for high school pupils and measures indicative of being on track for college and career readiness in the elementary grades.
115.385(1)(a)3. 3. Gaps in pupil achievement and rates of graduation, categorized by race, English language proficiency, disability, and income level.
115.385(1)(b) (b) An index system to identify a school's level of performance and annually place each school into one of 5 performance categories.
115.385(2) (2) Beginning one year after a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) or a private school participating in a parental choice program under s. 118.60 or 119.23 begins using the student information system under s. 115.28 (12) (b), or begins using a system that is interoperable with that system, the department shall include the school in its annual school accountability report under sub. (1).
115.385 History History: 2013 a. 20.
115.405 115.405 Grant program for peer review and mentoring.
115.405(1)(1)
115.405(1)(a)(a) A cooperative educational service agency or a consortium consisting of 2 or more school districts or cooperative educational service agencies, or a combination thereof, may apply to the department for a grant to provide technical assistance and training for teachers who are licensed or have been issued a permit under ss. 115.28 (7) and 118.192 to implement peer review and mentoring programs. An applicant for a grant under this subsection shall submit to the department a plan identifying the school districts and cooperative educational service agencies that will participate in the peer review and mentoring program and describing how the grant funds will be allocated. As a condition of receiving a grant under this subsection, a cooperative educational service agency or a consortium shall provide matching funds in an amount equal to at least 20% of the amount of the grant awarded. The matching funds may be in the form of money or in-kind services or both.
115.405(1)(b) (b) The department shall award grants under par. (a) from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (fk). The department may not award more than $25,000 to an applicant in a fiscal year.
115.405(3) (3) The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this section.
115.405 History History: 1997 a. 237; 2005 a. 25; 2011 a. 32.
115.405 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. PI 38, Wis. adm. code.
115.41 115.41 Teacher improvement program. The state superintendent shall operate a program to provide prospective teachers with one-semester internships under the supervision of licensed teachers. The program may also fund in-service activities and professional staff development research projects. The state superintendent shall charge school districts fees for participation in the program. Program costs shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (1) (hg).
115.41 History History: 1987 a. 27; 1995 a. 27 s. 9145 (1); 1997 a. 27.
115.415 115.415 Educator effectiveness.
115.415(1) (1) The department shall develop an educator effectiveness evaluation system and an equivalency process aligned with the department's evaluation system for the evaluation of teachers and principals of public schools, including teachers and principals of a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r), as provided in this section. Each school board and the governing body of each charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) shall evaluate teachers and principals in the school district or charter school beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
115.415(2) (2) The department shall develop an educator effectiveness evaluation system according to the following framework, and may charge a fee to a school district and the governing body of a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) to use the system developed under this subsection:
115.415(2)(a) (a) Fifty percent of the total evaluation score assigned to a teacher or principal shall be based upon measures of student performance, including performance on state assessments, district-wide assessments, student learning objectives, school-wide reading at the elementary and middle-school levels, and graduation rates at the high school level.
115.415(2)(b) (b) Fifty percent of the total evaluation score assigned to a teacher or principal shall be based upon one of the following:
115.415(2)(b)1. 1. For a teacher, the extent to which the teacher's practice meets the core teaching standards adopted by the 2011 Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium.
115.415(2)(b)2. 2. For a principal, the extent to which the principal's practice meets the 2008 Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Educational Leadership Policy Standards.
115.415(2)(c) (c) A teacher or principal evaluated under this subsection shall be placed in one of multiple performance categories.
115.415(3) (3)
115.415(3)(a)(a) The department shall promulgate by rule an equivalency process aligned with the evaluation system established under sub. (2) for a school district or a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) seeking to utilize an alternative process for the evaluation of teacher and principal practice. The process under this subsection shall be based on the criteria established in the 2011 Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium and the 2008 Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Educational Leadership Policy Standards, and a school district or charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) that uses the process under this subsection shall evaluate the performance of teachers in the following domains:
115.415(3)(a)1. 1. Planning and preparation.
115.415(3)(a)2. 2. The classroom environment.
115.415(3)(a)3. 3. Instruction.
115.415(3)(a)4. 4. Professional responsibilities and development.
115.415(3)(b) (b) A teacher or principal evaluated under this subsection shall be placed in one of multiple performance categories.
115.415(4) (4) From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (ek), the department may award grants to school districts and the governing body of a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) to implement an educator effectiveness evaluation system developed under sub. (2) or an equivalency process established by rule under sub. (3).
115.415 History History: 2011 a. 166; 2013 a. 20.
115.42 115.42 Grants for national teacher certification or master educator licensure.
115.42(1) (1)
115.42(1)(a)(a) The department shall award a grant to any person who satisfies all of the following requirements:
115.42(1)(a)1. 1. The person is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or licensed by the department as a master educator under s. PI 34.19, Wis. Adm. Code.
115.42(1)(a)2. 2. The person is licensed as a teacher by the state superintendent or employed as a teacher in a private school or tribal school located in this state.
115.42(1)(a)4. 4. The person is employed as a teacher in this state.
115.42(1)(a)5. 5. The person has a rating of "effective" or "highly effective" in the applicable educator effectiveness system, as determined by the department.
115.42(1)(b) (b) The grant under this subsection shall be an amount equal to the costs of obtaining certification or licensure under par. (a) 1. that are borne by the person, not to exceed $2,000. The department shall award the grant under this subsection in the first school year in which the person meets the requirements under par. (a).
115.42(2) (2)
115.42(2)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (c), the department shall award 9 grants of $2,500 each to each person who received a grant under sub. (1) if the person satisfies all of the following requirements:
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 11, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 11, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-11-14)