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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

State profile
Number of students: 871,551
Number of schools: 2,211
Number of school districts: 424
Graduation rate: 90%
Per-pupil spending: $11,453
State school administration
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Evers
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List of school districts in Wisconsin
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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction oversees public K-12 education and public libraries in Wisconsin. The department was created in 1848 as Wisconsin became a state. Article X, Section 1 of the Wisconsin State Constitution created the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction to manage public education.[1] The department provided funding for 2,211 schools and 871,551 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2][3]


The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction possessed limited powers through its first century of existence. In 1849, the Superintendent of Public Instruction was tasked with school inspections, curriculum recommendations and distribution of revenues from public land sales. Authority over teacher licensing, curriculum development and assessment fell to county superintendents into the early 20th century. The Wisconsin State Legislature authorized the department to license state teachers in 1939. The department gained authority over special education in 1947 and high school graduation requirements in 1983.[4]

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