Indicator 8: Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. For current information regarding this indicator please review the APR.
Parents are an important part of their children's education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that parents have the opportunity to participate equally with others on Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams.
- Parents may participate in any meetings about their child's identification, evaluation, and educational placement as a child with a disability, and any meetings about the provision of a free appropriate public education to their child.
- Parents' rights and procedural safeguards should be explained to them throughout the special education process.
- The WI Department of Public Instruction must evaluate how schools facilitate parent involvement in a sample of school districts and report it on the State Performance Plan.
- The State Superintendent's Council on Special Education includes parents of children with disabilities.
- The Department of Public Instruction established WSPEI and added a consultant position to support the development of partnerships among schools and families in the education of children with disabilities.
Local school districts are working with the U.S. Office of Education and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to ask parents about how schools develop partnerships with parents. Parents receive a letter from their child’s school district inviting them to participate in a survey. The letter includes a password allowing access to the survey. Parent who receive a letter may access the survey at http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_parentsurvey. Parents of students receiving special education services are invited to participate in the survey at least once over a five-year period. This survey is part of a federal data collection that measures the percent of parents who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. If you have any questions about the survey, you may contact Daniel Parker, (608) 266-5194.
- June: DPI Sends letter to districts notifying them of upcoming Indicator 8 activities.
- January: DPI uses LEA October 1 Child Count Roster to create list of usernames and passwords so ALL parents in LEA are able to take the survey. DPI calculates response rate sample for each LEA. DPI emails LEA notice that student file is located in SPED Web Portal as well as links to additional support materials.
- February: Survey window opens for current year schools. State results are reported to OSEP in February for the previous year’s survey results.
- February through June: LEA is responsible for follow up activities with parents to ensure adequate response rate.
- June 30: Survey window closes.
- September: LEA receives Indicator 8 question by question reports either through the Public District Profile or the District’s Special Education Web Portal. LEAs may use question by question district reports as part of family engagement planning.
Training and Technical Assistance
- The WI Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI) is a service for parents, educators, and others interested in parent-educator partnerships for children with disabilities.
- Indicator 8 Guide 12/2014
- Indicator 8 Family Engagement and the IEP Best Practice Checklist 12/2014
- Information Update Bulletin 08.03, Wisconsin Schools Facilitate Parent Involvement
- Frequently Asked Questions About the Parent Survey Data Collection
- Sample Survey for Ages 6-21, English
- Sample Survey for Ages 3-5, English
- Parent Survey Sample Items
For districts who are conducting the Indicator 8 parent survey, this page provides additional information and resources including directions for data collection, sample parent survey letters, how to generate a mailing to parents, how to send paper surveys, and additional parent survey resources.