Rules for determination of eligibility and areas of impairment can be found in Wisconsin Administrative Code, Section PI 11.36. This covers the areas of autism, intellectual disabilities, emotional behavioral disabilities, hearing impairments, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, significant developmental delay, speech/language impairments, specific learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, visual impairments, and the need for special education.
DPI program consultants have developed eligibility criteria worksheets for each disability areas. When school districts use the eligibility criteria worksheets, the IEP team documentation of eligibility criteria more likely adequately addresses all of the required elements and results in fewer cases of inappropriate identification. Use of the eligibility worksheets will also increase Wisconsin's performance when measured against Indicator #10 of the State Performance Plan related to the disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups in specific disability categories.
Worksheets are available in the following disability areas. MS Word and Spanish versions are form-fillable.
|Autism PDF Word Spanish Hmong||Orthopedic Impairment Word Spanish Hmong|
|Intellectual Disabilities PDF Word Spanish Hmong||Other Health Impairment PDF Word Spanish Hmong|
|Hearing Impairments PDF Word Spanish Hmong||Speech/Language Impairments PDF Word Spanish Hmong|
|Visual Impairments PDF Word Spanish Hmong||Significant Developmental Delay PDF Word Spanish Hmong|
|Emotional Behavioral Disabilities PDF Word Spanish Hmong||Traumatic Brain Injury PDF Word Spanish Hmong|
If a student is determined to meet eligibility criteria in one or more of the impairment areas, the IEP team must then consider whether the student needs special education. To assist IEP teams in addressing whether there is a need for special education, see the guidance for model form ER-1, Evaluation Report. The model ER-1 form can be found here.
DPI program consultants have developed reevaluation worksheets for Intellectual Disability (ID) and Significant Developmental Delay (SDD). When school districts use the reevaluation worksheets, the IEP team documentation is more likely adequately addresses all of the required elements and results in fewer cases of inappropriate identification. Worksheets are available in the following disability areas. MS Word and Spanish versions are form-fillable.
|Intellectual Disability Reevaluation Worksheet Spanish Hmong||Significant Developmental Delay Reevaluation Worksheet Spanish Hmong|
Eligibility Evaluation Guides and Resources
Department staff conducted workshops and developed evaluation guides to assist districts in implementing the eligibility criteria. These guides and other resource materials are available on the individual disability webpages: