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Preliminary Joint Federal Notification Packets Available in SAFE

Thursday, February 29, 2024


Dear Colleagues:

Preliminary joint federal notification packets are now available in Secure Access File Exchange (SAFE). Packets contain identifications under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Indviduals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and can inform your continuous improvement efforts. We encourage you to review the ESSA reports alongside the IDEA reports to provide a more well-rounded picture of student outcomes.

What’s in your packet and how to access it

Packets include:

  1. Preliminary District Summary Reports for all local educational agencies (LEAs).
  2. Preliminary IDEA LEA Determinations for all LEAs.
  3. Preliminary ESSA Accountability Reports for all eligible schools.
  4. Preliminary ESSA Progress-to-Exit Reports for all schools with a Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) or Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) identification. These reports include a preliminary exit status for all 2018-19 identifications.

A “Next Steps” section in each report provides information about required actions related to the identifications.

You can find your new reports in SAFE by clicking on 2022-23 under Joint Federal Notification Packet (ESSA/IDEA). If you need access to SAFE, please submit a request through WISEsecure via WISEhome. If you need help accessing the system, please visit the SAFE webpage or complete a WISE Help Ticket.

Please note that the reports are preliminary and should not be shared with the public. In addition, the LEA Determination reports may contain personally identifiable information and should never be shared with the public.

Where can I go for more information or help?

As your first step, organize your team of general and special education leaders and schedule a 30-minute consultation with DPI staff (note: districts identified under IDEA are required to participate in a consultation). DPI staff will walk you through identifications, share continuous improvement requirements and available supports, and address your questions. Before the call:

  • Ensure team members have access to the ESSA and IDEA reports, WISEgrants Continuous Improvement Performance Reporting (CIPR), and the Continuous Improvement Process Criteria and Rubric, and
  • Consider inviting others to participate in the call, such as Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) staff and leaders of schools with identifications.

We urge you to take advantage of the DPI’s Continuous Improvement website. You will find an overview of federal identifications, links to free and low-cost supports, information about continuous improvement planning, and grant information for schools identified for CSI or ATSI. The Technical Assistance (TA) Network also offers free professional learning and continuous improvement opportunities , and can support you in meeting requirements.

These reports provide opportunities to better understand your schools' and district’s performance and to improve outcomes for every student. The DPI and CESAs are your partners in this work, and we stand ready to assist. Thank you for your work in advancing equitable, transformative, and sustainable educational experiences for all students.

For more information or questions about IDEA, please contact Courtney Reed Jenkins at or (608) 267-9168. For more information or questions about ESSA, please contact Sam Bohrod at or (608) 267-1290.


John W. Johnson, PhD
Deputy State Superintendent