Wisconsin – State Information

MEA President: Paul Budde
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Kay Black
ALF Member Email: kkblack70@gmail.com

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/4/2021
Adjourns: TBD

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines


Governor Tony Evers (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Asm. Jeremy John Thiesfeldt (R)
VICE CHAIR: Asm. Joel Coulombe Kitchens (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Luther S. Olsen (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Alberta Darling (R)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 608-266-1501
Senate Secretary Contact 608-266-2517
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Jonas Zuckerman, Director, Title I
Jonas.Zuckerman@dpi.wi.gov, 608-267-9136
Title IV Director

Emily Holder, Education Consultant, emily.holder@dpi.wi.gov

Janice Mertes, Assistant Director Digital Learning,

Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds September 30 Deadline annually


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:


Music (instrumental) K-12
Instrumental Music K-12
Music (vocal) K-12
Choral Music K-12
General Music K-6
General Music 7-12

*NOTE: Currently shifting to PK-12 Music (ALL) licensure by 2024–reflected in many teacher preparation programs

Provisional (3-year)
Lifetime Educator (background check every 5 years)
Master Educator (National Board Certification req.)

Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)

Determined by the Wisconsin educator program. University chooses one of the following:

Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113)

GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

A content portfolio

None EdTPA Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $125 application (in-state)
$175 application (out-of-state)
$23.75 fingerprinting
Yes https://dpi.wi.gov/licensing/pathways-licensure/teachers#Alternative%20Route%20Pathway https://dpi.wi.gov/licensing June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Education Forward

Districts will decide whether to return to full in-person instruction, stick to remote learning, or go with a hybrid model. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s guidance provides a list of considerations and scenarios as districts develop their plans based on infection rates in their area.

Title IV Success Stories

Funding in Neenah Joint School district was used for the purchase of musical instruments at Neenah HS– 1 tuba and 1 sousaphone. The quality of these instruments is critical to the ability of students to use them successfully in the performances of band and related instrumental groups; this funding allowed students to participate in those performances.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Chequamegon School District to allow music teachers to attend the WSMA conference to improve teaching strategies in music education.

Funds were used in Cudahy School District to add portable classroom touchscreen and display monitors in newly created MS Music Media Lab and Media Arts classes.