Data Collections and Educational Statistics in the Department of Public Instruction is staffed by the Division for Libraries and Technology. Our mission is to collect and publish accurate information about children, schools, school districts, and educational programs in Wisconsin.
We support data collection applications such as the Individual Student Enrollment Sysytem (ISES), Coursework Completion System (CWCS), Wisconsin Student Number Locator System (WSLS), School District Directory, PI-1202 Fall Staff Report, and the School Performance Report (SPR).
GEF 3 Building
125 South Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
Hours of Service
Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30 pm
How to Get Data Collections Help
Search the online Knowledge Base
Help by Phone
WSLS/ISES helpdesk 800-507-5744
Teacher Licensing website or phone (800) 266-1027 (Toll free)
Education Statistics 608-267-3166
Send a Fax 608-266-2529
Data Reports from Collections
DPI gathers data from public school districts and schools, private schools, and non-district charter schools. For a list of reports and due dates see the Data Reporting Schedule.
DPI reports the collected data to the public, parents, and researchers through web applications, printed reports, and other formats. State data is also aggregated and repoted as required by law to the federal government for national data sets.
Label files in Excel format are now available at Label Files webpage.
School Performance Report
By Wisconsin statute, schools must publish school and district "report cards." Those local reports are summarized in the state School Performance Report. Data is collected on attendance, suspensions, expulsions, retentions, dropouts, graduates, truants, postgraduate follow-up, extra- and co-curricular participation, and community activities.
Most data requests can be answered using a variety of reports on our Statistical Data and Reports page. This page contains information on public enrollments, nonpublic enrollments, school staff and salary data, the public school calendar, and program information (for example, block scheduling, kindergarten programs, etc.). If you need additional assistance, contact the Education Statistics Helpline at 608-267-3166.
Errata, or post-publication correction letters, are submitted by school districts after the final publication of the data report. When accessing a dataset, refer to the errata page to see if any errata were posted for your set of interest.
Forms and Records Management
- Data Collection Plan - The Data Collection Plan has been developed to provide a convenient reference of forms to be collected from school districts during the year by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The Plan lists recurring forms that have been authorized for collection to meet the needs of programs administered by the department. One-time DPI surveys or questionnaires that arise due to special program needs or legislative mandate generally cannot be anticipated. Such nonrecurring DPI forms are not included in the scope of the Plan.
- Records Management - Guidance for school districts and public libraries on the management of public records as well as information on public records maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Integrity of Data Disseminated in an Electronic Medium
Revised: November 2008
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has made a reasonable effort to ensure that the attached data/records are up-to-date, accurate, complete, and comprehensive at the time of disclosure. These records reflect data as reported to this agency by the educational community we serve for the reporting period indicated. These records are a true and accurate representation of the data on file at the DPI. Authenticated information is accurate only as of the time of validation and verification. The DPI is not responsible for data that is misinterpreted or altered in any way. Derived conclusions and analyses generated from this data are not to be considered attributable to the DPI. Willful intent to alter and intentional tampering with public records is punishable under s. 946.72, Wis. Stats. Offenses against computer data and programs are punishable under s. 943.70 (2), Wis. Stats.