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Madison — Last week the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators released a survey of school districts.  355 district administrators respond, which accounts for 83% of Wisconsin school districts.

“The reforms put in place earlier this year have not only helped schools balance their budgets without massive layoffs or property tax increases, but these innovative changes have also helped improve education, which is good for students all across Wisconsin,” said Governor Walker.

The facts listed below are based off of the school districts that responded to the WASDA survey.

Myth: Wisconsin students are seeing large class sizes

Fact:

  • 75% of districts that responded to the survey have the same K-3 class sizes or are decreasing them
  • 67% of districts for grades 4-6 are keeping the same class size or decreasing them


Myth: Wisconsin students will have fewer course choices this school year.

Fact:

  • 98% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of AP courses
  • 91% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of vocational/technical courses
  • 94% of school districts have the same number of increased the number of art courses
  • 95% of school districts have the same number of or increased the number of music courses
  • 90% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of family/consumer ed. courses
  • 99% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of physical education courses
  • 93% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of business education courses
  • 99% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of social studies courses
  • 99% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of science courses
  • 97% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of math courses
  • 98% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of English courses
  • 97% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of foreign language courses


Myth: There have been massive staff layoffs in school districts all across Wisconsin

Fact:

  • 89% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of technology support staff
  • 73% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of library or media center staff
  • 95% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of social work staff
  • 85% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of guidance staff
  • 91% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of psychology staff
  • 90% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of gifted and talented staff
  • 74% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of special education staff
  • 85% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of at risk program staff
  • 84% of school districts had the same number or increased the number of drug and alcohol abuse staff
  • 96% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of early childhood staff
  • 96% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of English language learner program staff
  • 84% of school districts have the same number or increased the number of Reading coordination staff