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Special Education What's New

  • Who are Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities Webinar
    Please join us on February 15 from 2-3pm to discuss “Who are Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities?” DPI staff will discuss recent changes in ESSA around the 1% participation cap, who are students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, implications for standards and assessment as well as next steps for districts. Webinar information can be found below:

    From your computer, go to the GlobalMeet login page

    • Choose “Enter as a guest.”

    • Enter your name and email address (you do NOT need to “Register”).

    • Click “JOIN MEETING.”

    • Connect audio.

      The preferred option is to “Call My Phone;” however, you may also join from your phone at: 1-877-820-7831,*,972195#

  • Collaborative PST Conference
    ​The 2016 Collaborative Program Support Teacher Conference; Empowering Educators to Reach All Students: Supporting Access and Achievement, will be held December 5-6 at the Holiday Inn, Stevens Point, WI. This is a free conference, but you must pre-register to attend. For a flyer describing more about the conference, please visit For registration and lodging information, please visit

  • Through a stakeholder process, the Special Education Team has revised several Sample Special Education Forms to align with the new accountability system, Reading Drives Achievement: Success through Literacy. This new accountability system balances the monitoring of procedural compliance with improved student outcomes. The revised forms can be found on the Sample Forms page. (5/6/16)

  • Wisconsin's results driven accountability (RDA) focus is on increasing literacy outcomes for students with disabilities. Critical to achieving our goal, we are emphasizing high expectations and access to grade level expectations for our students. We are offering further clarification regarding the use of Reading Teachers and the Provision of Specially Designed Reading Instruction as Outlined in Student’s IEPs. (4/14/16)

For questions about this information, contact (608) 266-1781