Joan Wade and Keith Fuchs of CESA 6 look at a map of the state’s 12 CESA districts on Aug. 22, 2013. CESA stands for Cooperative Educational Service Agency. CESA 6 is offering school districts an alternative model for evaluating educator effectiveness.

Wisconsin educators put to the test

Wisconsin school districts will soon be required to evaluate all teachers and principals. Some are using a state-designed model; others are opting for another model designed by a quasi-governmental service agency.

Joan Wade and Keith Fuchs of CESA 6 look at a map of the state’s 12 CESA districts on Aug. 22, 2013. CESA stands for Cooperative Educational Service Agency. CESA 6 is offering school districts an alternative model for evaluating educator effectiveness.

Districts make the choice

Most of the state’s school districts have already decided which of two approved models they intend to use to evaluate the performance of teachers and other educators in the coming school year.

Most teachers across Wisconsin will incorporate the Common Core standards into math and English lessons this fall.

Too easy or too tough?

Some critics of the new Common Core standards embraced by Wisconsin schools feel they set the bar for students too high too early. Others argue that the standards are too easy.

Most teachers across Wisconsin will incorporate the Common Core standards into math and English lessons this fall.

What Common Core requires

Common Core sets a series of benchmarks for what K-12 students should know and when they should know it. In some cases the standards are similar to those previously used in Wisconsin, which set benchmarks for just fourth, eighth and 12th grades. Other standards are more demanding. Here are some examples.

districts losing FTE staff

DPI survey: School staffing holds steady after years of decline

Newly released data from the state Department of Public Instruction show that staffing levels at state public schools held steady last year, despite fears that changes initiated by Gov. Scott Walker would prompt additional losses. The number of employees did drop in some program areas and in some districts, according to the DPI’s summary report. And overall staffing remains significantly lower than five years ago.