The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) is responsible for developing and implementing methods to ensure public agencies comply with requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 and Subchapter V, Chapter 115, Stats. The WDPI must develop and implement effective methods to identify noncompliance and to ensure noncompliance is corrected as soon as possible, but no later than one year after identification. As part of this effort, WDPI conducts cyclical compliance monitoring of public agencies.
Cyclical compliance monitoring is conducted through a public agency self-assessment of special education requirements. The assessment uses samples of students' individualized education program records and other sources. The self-assessment includes selected requirements of IDEA 2004 and state law, which are closely related to improving student outcomes. Each year, the WDPI conducts validation activities to ensure accurate reporting and verifies that all public agencies have corrected student level noncompliance and are in current compliance.
One-fifth of the public agencies are monitored each year beginning with the 2011-12 school year. All public agencies will be monitored during the current IDEA State Performance Plan (SPP) cycle. The self-assessments are conducted in the fall of each year and results are reported to the WDPI in November. All noncompliance must be corrected as soon as possible, but no later than one year after identification. WDPI verifies correction of all noncompliance. Annually, data on the self-assessments and the correction of noncompliance is reported for SPP indicator 15 to the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Data for indicator 11 is collected through the Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment.
Participating Public Agencies
The WDPI monitors approximately 440 public agencies. One-fifth are monitored each year. Each year's group of public agencies is representative of the state for pupil enrollment, areas of disability, gender, ethnicity and race. Public agencies with average daily membership of 50,000 or more participate in compliance monitoring activities each year.
Training and Technical Assistance
- Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment Visuals
- Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment Guide
This guide contains the directions, standards, forms, and guidelines needed to complete the self-assessment. The PowerPoint presentations below review the information in the guide and explain the standards, forms, and guidelines. The guide is divided into sections which have specific webpages devoted to that section. These are shown on the left nav bar.
- Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment Modules
- Self-Assessment Training, Section 1, Overview
- Self-Assessment Training, Section 2, Conducting the Self-Assessment: Sampling
- Self-Assessment Training, Section 3, Conducting the Self-Assessment: Evaluating Compliance
- Self-Assessment Training, Section 4, Reporting Results and Corrective Actions Using the Electronic Reporting System
- Self-Assessment Training, Section 5, Correcting Noncompliance and Systems of Internal Control
- Self-Assessment Training, Section 6, Validation Activities
- Self-Assessment Training, Section 7, Verification Activities
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Procedural Compliance Workgroup
Janice Duff, 414-227-1845
Sarah Houser, 608-267-3749
Margaret McMurray, 608-267-3747
Marge Resan, 608-267-9158
Paul Sherman, 608-267-9157
Christina Spector, 608-267-3747
Paula Volpiansky, 608-267-3725
Patricia Williams, 608-267-3720
If you have questions about the self-assessment process that are not answered in this section or on the Self-Assessment Questions and Answers page, please submit your question by email.