February 17, 2013
For Immediate Release
Transforming Education: Focus on Performance
Madison—Today, Governor Walker announced a $475.6 million investment in new state funds into public education and other quality opportunities for students throughout our state. The education initiatives in the Governor’s upcoming budget focus on performance, accountability, achievement, and supporting teacher development.
“Every child, regardless of their zip code, deserves access to a great education, which is why it is so important to make sure all of our schools are performing well,” said Governor Walker. “We need to reward and replicate success while providing tools to struggling schools to help them improve. Our goal is to help each school excel, so all of our kids have access to a world-class education.”
The Governor’s budget will make this significant investment aimed at transforming education to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Initiatives will reward successes and provide incentives to drive achievement and accountability.
According to the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data and a recent Harvard study measuring states' progress in both reading and math, Wisconsin shows Wisconsin ranks 38th out of 41 states with complete data between 1992 and 2011. We need to help underperforming schools dramatically improve their results.
Among the education programs and initiatives funded in Governor Walker’s budget are:
Performance and Accountability Initiatives:
Governor Walker believes our children should be learning from the best and brightest in their classrooms. The Governor’s budget also focuses on:
Supporting Our Teachers:
· Educator Effectiveness System: Provides $13.5 million to implement the system for evaluating all teachers and principals statewide, cover Department of Public Instruction (DPI) implementation, and approximately $80 per teacher to districts to purchase and implement the system.
· Teach for America: Funds $1 million for an expanded Teach for America presence in Milwaukee.
· WISELearn Portal: Teachers need tools that adapt to their style of teaching and best practices proven to get results so they can effectively tailor instruction to each child. The budget provides $1.5 million for WISELearn, which will include the development of an online portal that will offer blended learning opportunities for students, online content for teachers and students to grow, and tools for teachers to collaborate with peers and expand their reach through digital learning.
· SMARTER Balanced Assessments: Support the Department of Public Instruction in its effort to move away from the much-criticized WKCE test and towards a less burdensome, more useful test to be adopted in grades 4-8. $11.5 million will be included as a part of the ACT Suite.
K-12 Initiatives (Previously Announced):