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Consent to Evaluate

Consent to Evaluate: Special Education

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Consent to Evaluation Received Date: Parental consent is required before any LEA member can assess or otherwise work with a student towards the goal of determining eligibility for special education.

The date on which the verbal consent is given, or on which the parent signed and dated the form provided to them, is the Consent to Evaluation Received Date.

In the documenting of this evaluation process, the Consent to Evaluation Received Date should be the initial and earliest date, as it is required before any other steps can commence.

Consent can be obtained verbally but is commonly obtained via signature on a form.

FAQs, Details, and Use Cases


  1.  What is the timeline for the evaluation process? After a parent gives consent for their child to be evaluated for special education eligibility, LEAs are required by law to perform the evaluation within 60 days; these are 60 calendar days, not 60 school days. If that timeline falls across a holiday break or other time off of school, the LEA needs to plan accordingly within that time frame. Failure to perform the evaluation within the timeframe is an instance of noncompliance, which is important for monitoring and for the SEA special education team's annual reporting. For evaluations that occur outside the timeframe, there may be allowable exceptions.

  2.  What dates will be entered into WISE? The Indicator 11 project will help record the date of parental consent and the date of the evaluation for special education eligibility in WISEdata Portal and WISEdash for Districts. It will also improve the collection, quality, and use of our data about how students are receiving timely evaluation for special education eligibility, which is their right in federal law.

For more information refer to the Timely Special Ed Evaluation data element page.

Questions about disability data should be directed to the DPI Special Education Team. Email:         Phone: 1 (608) 266-1781

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