Wisconsin Record of Service
Great Lakes West State Manager: Al Hovey
The Great Lakes West Comprehensive Center works collaboratively with representatives from Wisconsin to provide capacity-building technical assistance for current state initiatives regarding No Child Left Behind (NCLB) implementation. The state manager provides regular updates on the progress of these initiatives. Following is the latest record of service for Wisconsin, carried out in collaboration with Great Lakes West staff members, subcontractors, Advisory Council members, and state department of education staff members (last updated July 2007).
High School Redesign
In May 2007, an adolescent literacy summit was held to inaugurate the Adolescent Literacy Task Force. Danielle Carnahan will represent Great Lakes West on the task force.
The American Diploma Project (ADP) compared the Wisconsin and ADP standards. Soon the Partnership for 21st Century Skills will become involved in this project. The ADP and Partnership for 21st Century Skills project is the first in the country to tie both groups together in reviewing standards. Anticipated completion of this work is May 2008.
In spring 2007, Great Lakes West began to review and conduct an online survey on teacher induction and mentoring for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Teacher Education, Professional Development, and Licensing team. An Initial Teacher Educator Support Seminar was held with key stakeholders to assess what currently is being done and what can be done to implement PI 34—the Wisconsin Quality Educator Initiative—and teacher induction. Currently, Great Lakes West is completing an analysis and synthesis of the survey results for the Wisconsin DPI, working on creating a website for the results and materials from the seminar, and continuing with the work of the group.
Supplemental Educational Services
Great Lakes West continues to work with the Wisconsin DPI on supplemental educational services (SES) issues in Wisconsin. In the last quarter, Great Lakes West conducted a preliminary program evaluation of six of the state's SES provider assessments. The focus of this particular evaluation was on the student pre-post test assessment instruments used by those organizations. Next steps will be to complete a final evaluation and work with the state to determine necessary changes to current SES policies.