The Kaukauna Area School District strives to follow State of Wisconsin guidelines in identifying students with a disablitiy. The IEP process uses forms to assist the school district and members of the IEP team in implementing federal and state special education law by guiding them through referring and evaluating children, developing individualized education programs (IEP's), and determining educational placements. The following is a simple look at how the IEP process is conducted in order to identify and service a student who identified as a student with a disability.
Step 1 - Referral Received or Notice Initiating Reevaluation
Within 15 business days of receiving a referral to evaluate a child, or initiating a reevaluation, the IEP team must complete its review of existing evaluation data and send the child's parents a request for consent to evaluate, or if no additional data is necessary for the team to make its determination. "Business day" means Monday through Friday except for Federal or State holidays.
Step 2 - Receipt of Parent Consent to Evaluate
Within 60 calendar days of receiving parent consent to evaluate, or informing parents that no additional assessment or evaluation data is needed, the school district must complete its evaluation of the child to determine whether the child is or continues to be a child with a disability. There are exceptions to the 60-day timeline. The timeline may be extended by written agreement between the parent and the school district when the child is being evaluated for a Specific Learning Disability for the first time. This provision provides the school district time to gather information about the child's progress to interventions. Also the timeline may be extended when a student transfers from one school district to the Kaukauna Area School District during the 60-day time period if the school district is making sufficient progress to ensure prompt completion of an initial evaluation or reevaluation, and the parent and the school district agree to a specific time when it will be completed. Another exception is when the parent repeatedly refuses or fails to make the child available for an evaluation or a reevaluation.
At least once every three-years a child with a disability must be reevaluated, unless the parent and the school district agrees that a reevaluation is unnecessary. The IEP team reevaluates the child no more than once a year unless the child's parents and the school district agree otherwise.
Step 3 - Determine Eligibility/Develop IEP and Determine Placement
Within 30 calendar days of determining a child is or continues to be a child with a disability, the IEP team must meet to develop an IEP and determine placement for the child. The IEP must be reviewed at least annually to review progress toward IEP goals, consider special factors, and determine placement.
Beginning not later than the first IEP that will be in effect when a child with a disability is or turns the age of 14 and updated annually thereafter, the IEP must include a statement of measurable post-secondary goals and the transition services necessary to assist the child in reaching the goals.
Within 30 calendar days of determining a child is or continues to be a child with a disability, the IEP team must meet to determine a placement for the child. A child's placement must be determined at least annually. If initial IEP and placement, parent consent is required before services can be provided. Parents may at anytime revoke their consent and end all IEP services. Parents may also request to review/revise their students IEP at anytime. parent and the school district may agree to review/revise the IEP without a meeting. If placement change is being considered an IEP team meeting is required.
For a more detailed explanation of the IEP Process please visit the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.