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Governor:Tony Evers
State Superintendent:Carolyn Stanford Taylor
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:871,432
Number of school districts:470
Number of public schools:2,309
Number of public school teachers:58,376
Unadjusted education spending per student:$11,186
Percent minority students:28.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:41.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.8%
Percent of English-language learners:4.9%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.8%
8th grade math:39.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:34.9%
8th grade reading:39.4%

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Over two years, 27 communities have split from their home districts, and the new districts are mostly wealthier, whiter, and more property-rich than the ones left behind.
April 26, 2019 – Education Week
Gifted education programs can support academically advanced students or, in some cases, hold them back. Four studies presented at the American Educational Research Association meeting show how.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Educational Opportunities and Performance in Wisconsin
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
After years of shepherding the state’s K-12 system, Democrat Tony Evers will be called on to make good as governor on his pledge of more funding for K-12.
November 13, 2018 – Education Week
Discussion of Wisconsin's school spending has come to dominate the gubernatorial contest between Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Tony Evers, both of whom have made their education records a high-profile piece of their pitch to Wisconsin voters.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
A former leader of a white supremacist group partners with a man whose father was killed in a racially motivated shooting at a Sikh temple to teach students to bridge their differences and learn to forgive.
July 10, 2018 – Education Week
Educators in Menomonee, Wis., are going all in on "continuous improvement," a strategy that combines constant feedback, experimentation, and problem-solving.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts

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