School District Classifications
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Described below is an explanation of how the classifications for school districts were determined.
The Legislative Reference Bureau determines into which assembly and senate district classifications a school district
falls by reviewing the addresses of all buildings in the school district. Consequently, a district may fall into
more than one assembly and more than one senate district depending upon the locations of the buildings. Please note that
the land boundaries of the school district are not used to determine the assembly and senate district classifications.
For example, if all buildings fall into one assembly district, the school district is classified as being in only one
assembly district. If a school district has a building in more than one assembly district, it will be classified in as
many assembly districts as it has buildings located therein. If a school district has land in an assembly district,
but no buildings there, it will not be considered to be within that assembly district.
If you wish to contest a state senate or assembly district classification, we encourage you to discuss it with your
legislator. Please see the "Who Are My Legislators?" section at
for their contact information.
The WIAA provides DPI with the athletic conference to which each district's boy's basketball team belongs. Boy's basketball
is used in this determination because it is the most prevalent state-wide sport (unlike other sports such as football). Due
to the complexity of custom reports that span multiple years, the data warehouse uses the district's athletic conference
classification for the current audited year only for reporting purposes.
The address of the school district's administrative office determines its Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA)
classification for reporting purposes.
The address of the school district's administrative office determines its county classification for reporting purposes.
School Type refers to the grades that are taught by a school district. Possible types are K-12 (kindergarten through
12th grade), K-8 (kindergarten through 8th grade), and UHS (Unified High School - grades 9 through 12).
|Size (Aid Membership)
School districts are assorted by their aid membership count which is determined by applying a formula to the number of students
enrolled; as such, it may not match the enrollment exactly. Due to the complexity of custom reports that span multiple years,
the data warehouse uses a district's aid membership size classification for the current audited year only for reporting purposes.