Assistant State Superintendent
Telephone: (608) 266-3361
FAX: (608) 267-9275
"Every child must graduate ready for further education and the workforce. We must align our efforts so all our students are prepared to succeed in college or a career."
— State Superintendent Tony Evers
The Division for Academic Excellence is committed to ensuring that the state superintendent’s vision of every student becoming college and career ready becomes a reality for Wisconsin’s children. Our sole purpose is to increase success of Wisconsin school children—whether that is through licensing and training the teachers, supporting the curriculum, or making sure our schools are treating children fairly.
The Division for Academic Excellence provides leadership and professional development regarding curriculum development, academic and technical skills standards, and instructional methods and strategies, as well as professional learning and support to a variety of content area educators.
The Division for Academic Excellence (DAE) is comprised of the Common Core State Standards Team, the Content and Learning Team, the Career and Technical Education Team, the Teacher Education, Professional Development and Licensing Team and the Educator Effectiveness Team. A service orientation and culturally responsive view guide the teams’ work to provide technical assistance to educators, parents, community and professional organizations.
The division is responsible for programs and services having a direct impact on classrooms and, ultimately, on students. This division provides leadership, professional development and assistance for development and implementation of academic and occupational skills standards (including Common Core State Standards), curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessment. The division processes waiver requests; monitors school district compliance with statutory and administrative code requirements, including Office of Civil Rights compliance.
The division reviews and approves educator preparation programs and licenses teachers, pupil services personnel, administrators, and library professionals. The division monitors school district and vocational education compliance with state nondiscrimination laws and rules.
The division administers a variety of programs that provide assistance and grants to public school students and teachers on the basis of merit and need, as well as provides consultation and leadership for multicultural education. These programs include: American Indian Studies Program, American Indian Language and Culture Education, Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Award Program, Presidential Awards for Mathematics and Science Teachers, U.S. Senate Youth Program, Urban Teacher World Program, as well as international partnerships with Germany, China, Japan, Thailand, and France. DAE also directs youth options, education for employment, the career and technical student organizations, and administers the high school equivalency/general educational development (HSED/GED) program for state residents who have not completed high school.
DAE administers federal programs that provide assistance for world languages, advanced placement, and alternative education. The division administers funds for school districts under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 to enhance and improve career and technical educational programs. DAE also administers part of the state and federally funded Bilingual/English as a Second Language Program.
The division provides a cradle-to-career focus for instructional leaders and educators through work done by the Office of Early Learning and by providing standards and supports through high school and the transition to postsecondary work. The division curates and creates high quality resources to assist with Common Core State Standards implementation. Resources and technical assistance are provided around career and technical education standards and other core academic standards. Gifted and Talented education support can also be found in the Division for Academic Excellence.
The division is leading efforts to develop and implement a statewide educator effectiveness system, where all educators will be evaluated based upon multiple measures. This complex system factors in educator practice and student performance in providing feedback to educators around their strengths and areas for improvement.