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Teacher Appreciation Week

Congress officially declared May 7 as National Teacher Day in 1980, formalizing an official "thank you" day to thousands of teachers nation-wide. Here we pay tribute and say thanks to the men and women who teach our children each and every day.

When Americans are asked which occupations contribute the most to society's well-being, they answer teachers–second only to military personnel–according to a 2009 Pew Research survey. (Scientists were third and medical doctors fourth.)

In Wisconsin, graduation rates are consistently at the top. In 2014, Wisconsin enjoyed the second-highest graduation rate in the country–88.6%  (tied with New Jersey) compared to the national average of 81%. Iowa, the top ranked state for high school graduation rates, was slightly higher at 90.5%1.

As of the 2013-2014 school year, ninety-eight percent of Wisconsin's 59,511 teachers are highly qualified–meaning they are fully licensed in their subject area1. Fifty-three percent of teachers in Wisconsin hold a Master's Degree. On average, 80% of teachers have five years or more of teaching experience. Students in Wisconsin enjoy a low student to teacher ratio, with one teacher for approximately every 13 students in Wisconsin2.

Be sure to thank a teacher this week for all that they do for our children. After all, "teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions." ~ Author Unknown

For more teacher facts and statistics, view our Teacher Appreciation Week Infographic. Also, visit our Facebook page and join the conversation. 


1.  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 
2.  U.S. Department of Education