The Every Student Succeeds Act
- a major federal education law - requires DPI to identify the lowest performing
public schools and schools with low performing student groups in each state. Each state outlined their plans for this
new federal accountability system, in which the state detailed their accountability indicators, and methodologies for
scoring and reporting performance on the indicators, in plans submitted to the US Department of Education.
approved by the US Department of Education in January 2018. The 2017-18 school year is the first year of ESSA Accountability Reports.
While the federal accountability system is intended to identify the schools most in need of support and improvement,
DPI reports results for all public schools in the state (including those with no identifications) because providing
data to educators working to close Wisconsin's achievement gaps is critically important.
Unlike the state accountability system
only applies to public schools; it does not apply to
private schools participating in the Parental Choice Programs. To compare the state and federal accountability systems,
please refer to the Accountability Crosswalk
For more information about the federal accountability system under ESSA,
please visit: https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/federal
For a summary of the federal accountability system, please refer to the
ESSA Accountability Overview
To access the statewide system of supports available to all schools and districts in Wisconsin, please visit:
Note that the District Summary Report includes LEA-level determinations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
as well as ESSA-specific identifications for each school in the district. Further information related to federal accountability
requirements for IDEA is reported separately, via the Special Education District Profiles, posted online at: