MESSAGE FROM THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT
Welcome to the Wisconsin Information Network for Successful Schools!
WINSS is an electronic "school report card" and much more. This website is a valuable information resource for educators, parents, and the general public and will assist school communities in educating the hearts and minds of all Wisconsin children. WINSS provides information on what we want our children to know and be able to do as well as how students are doing in these areas. Also included are processes for improving what is happening in the educational community and descriptions of best practices for improvement.
WINSS is organized into four areas: standards and assessment, data analysis, continuous school improvement, and best practices. Standards and Assessment outlines our expectations for students and how we will know if students are meeting our expectations. Data Analysis allows you to search a database of information about the state's 426 school districts to find out how your community's schools are doing compared to state and national averages in myriad arenas. Continuous School Improvement describes the seven characteristics of successful schools and a process for improvement. Best Practices offers exemplary programs and practices for each of the successful school characteristics.
As the public seeks ever-greater accountability for its tax dollars, WINSS provides a barometer of how well our public schools are doing. And that is important, even in the state that is the nation's leader when it comes to K-12 education.