WISEdash User Guides & Communication
WISEdash Public Portal links
WISEdash Public Portal: http://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov
HELP home page: http://wise.dpi.wi.gov/help
WISEdash Public Portal home page: http://wise.dpi.wi.gov/wisedash
About the Data and CESA/Athletic Conference Helper Files: http://wise.dpi.wi.gov/about-data
WISEdasdh for Districts links
WISEdash for Districts login (school staff only): Secure Home
WISEdash for Districts home page: http://wise.dpi.wi.gov/wise_wisedashdistricts
WISEdash Quick Start Guide (1 page PDF)
Guided Exploration for Parents and Community (3 page PDF)
Technical Guide for School Districts (1 page PDF)
We're on Twitter! @WisDPIWISEdash
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|2013-Oct-9||Announcing the launch of WISEdash public portal|
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Background information for school district staff and administrators
Q. What is the difference between the WISEdash I use today and the WISEdash public version that was released in the Fall of 2013?
Overall these two tools are meant to be used as companion tools similar to how the secured version of WISEdash is used with WINSS today. We suggest using the public version of WISEdash as your landing page and the first stop for data and information made available by DPI. We have attempted to link to other data available on the DPI website that is accessed or used frequently so that they are available in one location. At the very bottom is the Secure Home icon where you can then log in to the secure version of WISEdash to dig deeper into your own data at a district, school, or student level. More information on the differences is listed below.
WISEdash for Districts
Last year DPI released a secure version of WISEdash for Districts. This version of WISEdash, accessed through the Secure Home portal, has been available statewide to districts and schools since the Fall of 2012 and to DPI staff since January of 2013.
WISEdash for Districts, accessed through Secure Home, should be used:
- to perform school improvement planning work
- if you need to drill deeper into graphs and reports to identify the specific students included in a reported value
- to view specific student’s historical results when other sources are not yet available
- to compare a specific student’s WKCE growth results to his/her peers
- if you are looking for data not available on WINSS such as Student Growth, ACCESS for ELLs results and Postsecondary Enrollments
WISEdash for Districts should be used if you are in a public school district, school, or DPI staff and have a legitimate educational need to access non-redacted summary and/or student-level data for data retreats, or if you will be analyzing the data to improve student outcomes.
WISEdash for Districts Secure Home URL is https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/secure/
How to get access: DPI's Secure Home Information Page for Districts
Resources Available off of the Secure Home for Districts menu on our website (http://wise.dpi.wi.gov) or linked on the left-hand navigation menu within the tool.
Tools available for Districts through Secure Home today include: WISEdash, ASM, MDAT, MDAT Training, SAFE, IEP PTP, School Directory, and SPR.
WISEdash Public Portal
DPI will be releasing a public verion of WISEdash in the Fall of 2013 which will replace WINSS over time. WISEdash is a data portal that uses "dashboards," or visual collections of graphs and tables, to provide multi-year educational data about Wisconsin schools. As a public reporting tool, WISEdash will be used by districts, schools, parents, researchers, media, and other community members to view data published by DPI.
WISEdash Public Portal URL will be http://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov
Resources Available off of the WISEdash menu on our website (http://wise.dpi.wi.gov) or linked within the tool.
What's in WISEdash? Every year, all Wisconsin school districts collect information about their students, staff, and courses. These data sets are submitted to the Department of Public Instruction where they're stored in a data warehouse, a repository of millions of educational records that are linked and organized by school year. WISEdash gives you an interactive way to select and filter Wisconsin school data from the 2005-06 school year forward. Data are published by the Department of Public Instruction, and are redacted to protect student privacy. Additional historical datasets from 1998 forward can be downloaded. Links to other educational datasets and key reports are available in WISEdash.
Who should use WISEdash public version? The WISEdash public portal is the front door for parents and community members to discover all types of data about Wisconsin schools and districts. Educators should send parents and community members to WISEdash for public data reports. WISEdash can also be used to compare districts, schools, and statewide data. Educators and school staff should use the secure version of WISEdash for student-level analysis.
Why is WISEdash important? Education data is a primary tool to see how our students, schools, and policies are working. Over time, the data show the results of changes we make in schools, letting us track progress and make adjustments. As stated in Agenda 2017, the goal for Wisconsin is to help ensure every child graduates from high school prepared for both college and career pathways. WISEdash is a key part of Agenda 2017's assessment and data systems emphasis on giving parents and the public more timely, quality data to use for informed decision-making. See an infographic from the Data Quality Campaign about why quality data is important for educational outcomes.
What data topics will be transitioned from WINSS to WISEdash in the first release? Enrollment, Attendance, WSAS (WKCE and WAA-SwD, ACT, AP)
What data topics will remain in WINSS for now but be linked from the new portal? HS Completion, Discipline, Staff, Courses, and Finance
Q. I am comparing publicly available data from the WISEdash Public Portal to data available through WISEdash for Districts but the data (counts and percentages) are not matching up. Can you explain why?
You may find it beneficial to use both tools (see “When does it make sense to use the WISEdash Public Portal vs. WISEdash for Districts?” below). However, you should not expect the counts and percentages to exactly match up. Here are reasons why.
- Since it is a public reporting tool, data in the WISEdash Public Portal is redacted to protect the privacy of students. More information on redaction can be found on the WISEdash Redaction Information page.
- The WISEdash Public Portal includes two different data views while WISEdash for Districts provides one data view.
- It is important to note that the Current Data View for the WISEdash Public Portal will present data in the same way as WISEdash for Districts.
- More information can be found on the WISEdash Data Views page. An exerpt is below.
- The Certified Data View maintains an “official” static version of the data which provides consistent reporting over time. Wherever possible, the data sources are the same as those reported historically in the WINSS data analysis tool. In most cases, the WISEdash Certified data view produces identical counts, averages, and rates as previously reported in WINSS. No data modifications are performed to merge or discard duplicate student reporting after the initial release of the certified results. In addition, some topics can identify a separate district/school to be accountable for a student’s outcomes that is different from the district/school submitting the data. If a student record separately identifies an accountable district/school, then that accountable district/school is used for reporting purposes in the WISEdash Certified data view.
- The Current Data View is a somewhat more dynamic version of the same data sets used in the Certified data view. Over time, minor adjustments are made to selected student records that are interconnected to the data topics being presented in each dashboard. Duplicate student identifiers are merged or removed. These modifications can cause minor changes to student counts, averages, rates, and the assigned student demographic attributes such as economic status and English Language Learner (ELL) status. All data for all school years in the Current data view are periodically refreshed to reflect these updates to the interdependencies. In addition, the Current data view always reports the district/school that has submitted a student record, regardless of whether a separate accountable district/school is also identified in the record.
- The WISEdash Public Portal removes certain student records for public reporting purposes that are not removed from the data displayed in WISEdash for Districts. These students include those students parentally placed in a private school receiving services at the district and students that have “aged out”.
- Enrollment Data: The WISEdash Public Portal reports enrollment results through the Certified Data View as of the 3rd Friday of September as reported on the ISES Count Date data collection. The Current Data View provides a look at 3rd Friday of September Enrollment based on WSLS combined with ISES Year End to give the public an approximate look at Enrollment counts before the Certified Data View is available via the ISES Count Date data collection. WISEdash for Districts also bases enrollment on WSLS combined with ISES Year End. It reports enrollment in several ways and as of different points in time including 3rd Friday of September and 2nd Friday in January counts. ISES Count Date and ISES Year End collections are submitted a year apart and can have significant differences.
Q. What other resources exist to help explain the data available?
“About the Data” documentation exists for both the WISEdash Public Portal and WISEdash for Districts. The about the data documentation for the WISEdash Public Portal is accessible here while the WISEdash for Districts documentation is linked in the secure dashboard in the left-hand navigation pane.
Q. When does it make sense to use the WISEdash Public Portal vs. WISEdash for Districts?
As a public reporting tool, the WISEdash Public Portal will be used by districts, schools, parents, researchers, media, and other community members to view data published by DPI. WISEdash for Districts should be used if you are in a public school district and have a legitimate educational need to access non-redacted summary and/or student-level data for data retreats, or if you will be analyzing the data to improve student outcomes.
The WISEdash Public Portal should be used:
- if you are planning to show data to certain groups where summary and redacted data is appropriate
if you need to link to publicly-reported data from DPI on your district or school website
if you need to send data (or a link to data) to someone who is requesting the data
if you are looking for data topics that have not yet transitioned to WISEdash
WISEdash for Districts should be used:
- if you need to drill deeper into graphs and reports to identify the specific students included in a reported value
to view specific student’s historical results when other sources are not yet available
to compare a specific student’s WKCE growth results to his/her peers
if you are looking for data not available publicly such as Student Growth, ACCESS for ELLs results and Postsecondary Enrollments.