115.385 History History: 2013 a. 20; 2015 a. 20, 55, 195, 212; 2017 a. 59, 209, 365; 2017 a. 366 s. 99; 2019 a. 85, 185; 2021 a. 83, 212; 2023 a. 12, 20; s. 13.92 (1) (bm) 2.
115.39 115.39 Literacy coaching program.
115.39(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
115.39(1)(a) (a) “CESA region” means the geographic territory within the boundaries of a cooperative educational service agency.
115.39(1)(b) (b) “Eligible school” means any of the following that does not provide instruction that incorporates 3-cueing, as defined in s. 118.015 (1c) (c), in the core reading curriculum for grades kindergarten to 3:
115.39(1)(b)1. 1. A public school, including a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x).
115.39(1)(b)2. 2. A private school participating in a program under s. 118.60 or 119.23.
115.39(1)(c) (c) “Office” means the office of literacy in the department.
115.39(2) (2) Literacy coaching program. The office shall establish and supervise an early literacy coaching program to improve literacy outcomes in this state. As part of the early literacy coaching program established under this subsection, the office shall, in consultation with cooperative educational service agencies, do all of the following:
115.39(2)(a) (a) Contract with individuals who demonstrate knowledge and expertise in science-based early literacy instruction and instructional practices, and have instructional experience in grades kindergarten to 12 to serve as literacy coaches. The office may not contract for more than 64 full-time equivalent positions under this paragraph.
115.39(2)(b) (b) Provide ongoing training on science-based early literacy instruction and instructional practices and supervision to individuals with whom the office contracts under par. (a).
115.39(2)(c) (c) Prohibit literacy coaches from using or promoting instruction that includes 3-cueing, as defined in s. 118.015 (1c) (c).
115.39(3) (3) Participation; schools and school districts.
115.39(3)(a) (a) The office shall assign one-half of the number of literacy coaches under sub. (2) (a) as follows:
115.39(3)(a)1. 1. Based on scores of the standardized reading test administered to pupils during the prior school year under s. 121.02 (1) (r), the office shall identify the 50 eligible schools that had the lowest percentage of pupils score as proficient in reading at grade level and the 50 eligible schools that had the largest gap in pupils who scored as proficient in reading at grade level.
115.39(3)(a)2.a.a. Subject to par. (c) and subd. 2. b., from the eligible schools identified under subd. 1., the office shall select the eligible schools that the office determines have the greatest need for early literacy instructional coaching and shall assign at least one but no more than 3 eligible schools selected under this subdivision to each full-time equivalent literacy coach.
115.39(3)(a)2.b. b. From the eligible schools identified under subd. 1., the office shall select at least 2 eligible schools that are private schools participating in a program under s. 118.60 or 119.23.
115.39(3)(b) (b) The office shall assign one-half of the number of literacy coaches under sub. (2) (a), in consultation with cooperative educational service agencies, to eligible schools that request early literacy support. The office shall assign literacy coaches under this paragraph in a manner that allocates the literacy coaches evenly across CESA regions.
115.39(3)(c)1.1. The total number of full-time equivalent literacy coaches assigned under pars. (a) and (b) to eligible schools located within the geographical boundaries of a school district may not exceed the following:
115.39(3)(c)1.a. a. For a 1st class city school district, 10.
115.39(3)(c)1.b. b. For a school district other than a 1st class city school district, 4.
115.39(3)(c)2. 2. The total number of full-time equivalent literacy coaches assigned under pars. (a) and (b) to eligible schools located within a CESA region may not be fewer than 3.
115.39(3)(d) (d) The office shall ensure that a school assigned a literacy coach under par. (a) or (b) does not request or require that the literacy coach perform duties outside the individual's role as a literacy coach. For purposes of this paragraph, the role of a literacy coach is to provide support to administrators, school-based literacy coaches, principals, and teachers to build teacher and school capacity to teach reading and language arts using science-based early reading instruction, as defined in s. 118.015 (1c) (b), in order to increase the percentage of pupils who are reading at grade level by the end of grade 3.
115.39(4) (4) Report. By October 15, 2024, and by each October 15 thereafter, the office shall submit a report to the joint committee on finance that includes at least all of the following for the previous school year:
115.39(4)(a) (a) The number of literacy coaches assigned to schools under sub. (3) (a) and (b).
115.39(4)(b) (b) The number of schools that were assigned a literacy coach under sub. (3) (a) and the number of schools that were assigned a literacy coach under sub. (3) (b).
115.39(4)(c) (c) The number of contracts that the office entered into under sub. (2) (a) and the number of contracts under sub. (2) (a) that were terminated.
115.39(4)(d) (d) The number of requests submitted for a literacy coach under sub. (3) (b).
115.39(4)(e) (e) The results of the standardized reading test administered under s. 121.02 (1) (r) and assessments under s. 118.016 in schools that were assigned a literacy coach under sub. (3) (a) or (b).
115.39(4)(f) (f) A description of the training provided under sub. (2) (b).
115.39(4)(g) (g) For the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years, the number of individuals who completed the mandatory professional development training under 2023 Wisconsin Act 20, section 27 (2).
Effective date note NOTE: This section is repealed eff. 7-1-28 by 2023 Wis. Act 20.
115.39 History History: 2023 a. 20; s. 35.17 correction in (2) (a), (3) (a) 2. b., (c) 1. a., b.
115.405 115.405 Grant program for peer review and mentoring.
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 percent 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)(a) (a) 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) or (2x), as provided in this section. Subject to par. (b), each school board and the operator of each charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) shall evaluate teachers and principals in the school district or charter school beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
115.415(1)(b) (b) For the evaluation of teachers and principals in the 2019-20 school year, the school board and the operator of a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) may not consider pupil performance on statewide assessments administered under s. 118.30 in the 2019-20 school year and may not include pupil performance on those assessments in the evaluation score assigned to a teacher or principal under the educator effectiveness evaluation system developed under this section.
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 board of a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) 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, a charter school under contract with a school board that is not an instrumentality of the school district, or a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) 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, charter school under contract with a school board that is not an instrumentality of the school district, or charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) 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 board of a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x) 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, 258; 2015 a. 20, 55; 2019 a. 185.
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 Note NOTE: Section PI 34.19, Wis. Adm. Code, no longer exists. Chapter PI 34, Wis. Adm. Code, was repealed and recreated in its entirety effective 8-1-18.
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. If the person was evaluated under s. 115.415 in the previous school year, the person was placed in the “effective" or “highly effective" performance category 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:
115.42(2)(a)1. 1. The person maintains his or her national teacher certificate or master educator license.
115.42(2)(a)2. 2. The person maintains his or her license as a teacher issued by the state superintendent or remains employed in a private school or tribal school located in this state.
115.42(2)(a)4. 4. The person remains employed as a teacher in this state.
115.42(2)(bL) (bL) The department shall award the grants under this subsection annually, one grant in each of the school years following the school year in which the grant under sub. (1) was awarded and in which the person satisfies the requirements under par. (a).
115.42(2)(c) (c) The amount of each grant under par. (a) shall be $5,000 in any school year in which the recipient is employed in a school in which at least 60 percent of the pupils enrolled satisfy the income eligibility criteria for a free or reduced-price lunch under 42 USC 1758 (b) (1).
115.42(2)(d) (d) In any of the 9 school years following the receipt of a grant under sub. (1) in which the grant recipient is evaluated under s. 115.415, if the grant recipient is placed in a performance category other than the “effective" or “highly effective" performance category in the applicable educator effectiveness system, as determined by the department, he or she is not eligible for a grant under this subsection in that school year.
115.42(4) (4)The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this section, including rules relating to all of the following:
115.42(4)(a) (a) The application process, including necessary documentation.
115.42(4)(b) (b) The selection process for grant recipients.
115.42 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. PI 37, Wis. adm. code.
115.423 115.423 Rural school teacher talent pilot program. From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (1) (eg), the department shall award grants to cooperative educational service agencies to coordinate with universities and colleges to place undergraduate college students in rural school districts as student teachers and in practicums and internships. Grant moneys may be used to expand an existing student teacher, practicum, or internship program or to create a new program, but may not be used to maintain an existing program. Grant moneys may be used to cover the cooperative educational service agencies' costs to coordinate the program and to provide mileage reimbursement and stipends to participating undergraduates.
115.423 History History: 2017 a. 59.
115.425 115.425 Professional standards council for teachers. The professional standards council for teachers shall do all of the following:
115.425(1) (1)Advise the state superintendent on standards for the licensure of teachers, including initial licensure and maintenance and renewal of licenses, to ensure the effective teaching of a relevant curriculum in Wisconsin schools.
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2021-22 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2023 Wis. Act 39 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on November 29, 2023. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after November 29, 2023, are designated by NOTES. (Published 11-29-23)