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Wisconsin Education

A Profile on Wisconsin Education and Schools


Wisconsin Education

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Tony Evers

District/School Information

Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 school days or 437 (K), 1050 (1-6), and 1137 (7-12) school hours are required by Wisconsin state law.

Number of Public School Districts: There are 424 public school districts in Wisconsin.

Number of Public Schools: There are 2295 public schools in Wisconsin. ****

Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 871,105 public school students in Wisconsin. ****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 56,245 public school teachers in Wisconsin.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 241 charter schools in Wisconsin.

Per Pupil Spending: Wisconsin spends $11,930 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In Wisconsin is 15.4 students per 1 teacher. ****

% of Title I Schools: 65.1% of schools in Wisconsin are Title I Schools.****

% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 14.2% of students in Wisconsin are on IEP's. ****

% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 5.1% of students in Wisconsin are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 40.7% of students in Wisconsin schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****

White: 73.7%

Black: 9.8%

Hispanic: 9.7%

Asian: 3.5%

Pacific Islander: 0.0%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 1.2%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 91.1% of all students entering high school in Wisconsin graduate. **

ACT/SAT rank: 229.8 students per 1000 in Wisconsin had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***

8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****

Math: 289 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Wisconsin. The U.S. average was 284.

Reading: 268 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Wisconsin. The U.S. average was 266.

% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 60.1% of students in Wisconsin go on to attend some level of college. ***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 954 private schools in Wisconsin.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 137,633 private school students in Wisconsin.*

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of Wisconsin was $48,743.33 in 2009.##

Each individual district in the state of Wisconsin negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.

The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in Wisconsin provided by the Verona Public School District.


*Data courtesy of Education Bug .

**Data courtesy of ED.gov

***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis

****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics

##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info

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