State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Troy Gunderson was recently a candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He wanted to play a role in improving public schools for the children of Wisconsin.

He was a Democrat that was committed to developing a vision for education that ensured that teachers and children were ready.

Children need to be ready to learn. Teachers need to be ready to teach.

The office is elected by the people in statewide ballot for a 4 year term.

Job duties are:

  • Assessing language proficiency
  • Locating school personnel
  • Granting declarations of high school graduation equivalency
  • Dispersing grant funding
  • Managing education programs
  • Instructing employees

Jill Underly has the office since 2021.

Previously held by:

  • Herbert J. Grover 1981-1993
  • John T. Benson 1993-2001
  • Elizabeth Burmaster 2001-2009
  • Tony Evers 2009-2019
  • Carolyn Stanford Taylor 2019-2021



There were 7 candidates recently: Deborah Kerr, Sheila Briggs, Jill Underly, Joe Fenrick, Steve Krull, Shawn Hendricks-Williams, and Troy Gunderson.


There are many places to cast


In 2022 the average score of 4th graders was 240 compared to 235 in the nation, on a scale of 0-500.


Wisconsin HS graduation rate is 91% vs 87% nationwide.

Madison is the state capital.