Special Education What's New

  • In order to advance the goals of State Superintendent Tony Evers’ Agenda 2017, as well as to address the Office of Special Education Programs’ shift toward Results Driven Accountability, the Special Education team has chosen literacy for students with IEPs as an area in need of systemic improvement.  As part of this process, the Special Education Team is surveying key stakeholder and partner organizations to gather information about what infrastructure currently exists to aid in this effort. Please follow the link below to provide information on the supports your organization provides related to increasing literacy achievement for students with IEPs. http://goo.gl/QjvLS8 (8/22/14)

  • IEP Model Forms I-7 Update: IEP teams are responsible for deciding whether students with disabilities will participate in general education assessments with or without testing accommodations, or in the alternate assessment with or without accommodations.  DPI model forms may be used to document these decisions. Forms in the assessment suite are to be completed based on which assessments the student will take during the implementation of the IEP.  The forms are named, “I-7-[assessment].”  For example, the form that IEP teams will use related to the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is I-7-SBA and contains language specific to SBA assessment policies. Please refer to http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_forms06 to access the model forms. (3/6/14)

  • A draft document titled Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility Specialists may be found at: http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/sped/pdf/vi-tvi-om-role-resp-draft.pdf. You may provide feedback on this document through a survey, at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WHz_Kyj-YvFRUxT3iIKLHGvFHTWV6wGmvN1ChBxwG4E/viewform. The document will remain on the website through the rest of this school year as a draft. Following a review of the feedback, it will be re-issued as a final document prior to the beginning of the next school year. (2/27/14)

  • Bulletin 99.04, The Role of Educational Interpreters, has been updated. It is now Bulletin 13.03, The Role of Educational Interpreters for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. (11/14/13)

  • Upcoming Changes to Required Assessments: A one-page informational document has been created to help IEP teams to consider the assessments and relevant accommodations on the upcoming new assessments. (9/27/13)

  • To assist local education agencies (LEAs) with legal requirements for students who transfer between LEAs, the department has issued Information Update Bulletin 13.01, Transfer Students. (6/14/13)

  • Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment Discipline Module (5/14/13)

  • Jolene Troia is the new Education Consultant for Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology.  We will be building the UDL website to provide additional resources and materials so check back often for updates. (1/11/13)

  • PALS-K and Students with Disabilities FAQ: The department has issued a new special education guidance resource related to Wisconsin’s kindergarten literacy screener. (1/3/13)

  • Federal Funds Sequestration, related to the Budget Control Act of 2011 - (6/25/12)
  • 2011 Wisconsin Act 125: A PowerPoint presentation providing information to districts, parents, and other stakeholders on the Act’s requirements. 2011 Wisconsin Act 125 addresses the use of seclusion and physical restraint in public schools, including charter schools, and which applies to both regular and special education students. (9/13/12)
  • 2011 Wisconsin Act 125 Summary of Requirements: Addressing The Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraint in Schools - (4/5/12)
  • Accommodations Guide for Students with Disabilities: Comments on this draft of the guide can be submitted to Erin Faasuamalie or Kristen Burton - (10/26/11)
    Accommodations PowerPoint


For questions about this information, contact dpisped@dpi.wi.gov (608) 266-1781