State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Wisconsin

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.15
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? 4-year-old Kindergarten: Age 4 on or before September 1. 5-year-old Kindergarten: Age 5 on or before September 1. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.14
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Age 5, districts must have procedures, conditions, and standards in place for early admission to kindergarten and grade 1. If a child is enrolled in kindergarten the attendance rules apply to them. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 120.12;
Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.15
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Yes - children must attend in districts that offer kindergarten. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.33(6)(cm)
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Wis. Stat. Ann. § 121.02(3)(g)
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 437 hours per year in Kindergarten. 1,050 hours per year for grades 1-6. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 121.02(f)
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Locally determined. For districts that are receiving funding for K-3 are required to reduce class size to no more than 1:18 or 2:30 with 2 regular classroom teachers. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.43;
Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.44
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: License requirements for teachers of language arts or reading in pre-k-6 include instruction in reading and language arts, including phonics. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.19
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: General education programs for teacher preparation must demonstrate that all candiates completing the program and applying for an initial license have knowledge and understand of mathematics, among other subjects. Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.15
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Childhood, Regular Education, birth through age 8. Early Childhood through Middle Childhood, Regular Educaiton, birth through age 11. Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.27
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Students in 4-year-old kindergarten through second grade must be assessed on their reading readiness. A statewide standardized reading test must be administered to all students in grade 3. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 115.28
Wis. Stat. Ann. § 121.02
Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.016
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Results must be shared with the child's parent or guardian. The assessment results are used to determine if the child is at risk of reading difficulty and determine the appropriate intervention reading services. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 115.28
Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.016
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions are required for all K-4 students. Interventions provided to students must be scientifically based and must address all areas in which the student is deficient in a manner consistent with the state standards in reading and language arts. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.016
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.

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