Membership Information and Reporting

Wisconsin public school districts are required to count pupils for membership purposes on the 3rd Friday in September and 2nd Friday in January and report the data to the Department of Public Instruction. The PI-1563, an internet-based application accessed via the School Finance Reporting Portal, is used to collect the information.


Alternate Count Date

If your district is unable to hold school on the scheduled count date, a request for an alternative pupil count date must be submitted to the State Superintendent (s. 121.05(3), Wis. Stats.). Address your request to School Financial Services Team, by e-mail at dpifin@dpi.wi.gov . Please specify the alternative date that you are requesting. In most circumstances, the date should be either the Thursday before or the Monday after the Friday count date.


Residency

Clarification Regarding Residency: Constitutional Requirements, Compulsory Attendance and Fiscal Implications For Students Living Away From Their Parents.

For questions about Sections I and II, including FAPE and compulsory attendance requirements, contact the Special Education Team, (608) 266-1781.

For questions about Section III Fiscal Implications, contact the School Finance Team at (608) 267-9114.


Guidelines for Counting

To assist districts in accurately completing the pupil count report, the School Financial Services team has developed guidance on counting pupils. The PI 1563 Pupil Count Report Workbook Form is structured similarly to the internet based reporting program, and it is recommended that new users review this spreadsheet prior to entering the portal application.


Additional Resources


Reconciliation of Pupil Counts

All districts are required to explain (reconcile) membership changes that occur between the September and January counts. The process involves identifying and documenting the specific membership additions and subtractions that have happened in each category (ex. 4YK - 524.5 hours) between the 2 count dates. The completed reconciliation is to be kept on file at the district office and available for DPI and your independent auditor upon request. Supporting documentation should also be kept on file and available upon request.

Use the following Excel files to complete the reconciliation.

WEBCAST: September/January Pupil Count Reconciliation Webcast

 

For questions about this information, contact dpifin@dpi.wi.gov (608) 267-9114