District/School of Accountability: WISEdata Calculated Field
The Accountable District is the district responsible for student outcomes, which will be the district submitting to WISEdata, unless all the following criteria are met:
If these criteria are met, then the District Accountable is the resident district. Primary disability must be calculated prior to this field. For students with disabilities, this field denotes the FAPE agency. The Accountable District value is not one you will enter in your SIS; it is a DPI-calculated value based on the school submitted as FAPE responsible for the student.
USES: Most public reporting and adequate yearly progress will be based on District Accountable. An exception applies to dropouts following an expected transfer (Exit Type =ETC) to another district (Expected Transfer District <> submitting district) because dropouts are determined by what happens after a student exits.
FAQs, Details, and Points to Note
- FAPE Accountability: Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) school fields are required for data submission and should always be completed. The school/district identified as FAPE responsible will be held accountable. Any student's Special Education Program Association (sSEPA) in which the FAPE fields are missing should receive an error. DPI expects a sSEPA when the IDEA eligibility = Y. For IDEA eligibility = Y, then FAPE accountability is required. Be aware that when selecting the FAPE-accountable school and district, you cannot transfer accountability within the same district. For example, District A cannot submit enrollment (sSA) for School A and then try to make School B in the same district accountable. You can, however, submit a child as FAPE in a different district. This transfers accountability to the other district. However, the act of paying tuition or having a contract does NOT transfer accountability. Accountability transfer via the FAPE accountable agency should occur only when the IEP transfers the student to another district for services.
- IEP Moves Child to a Different WI School: If the IEP moves a child, then FAPE accountability changes from the attending district back to the resident district. An IEP moving a student is different than a special education student choosing to open enroll in another school. In this case, the school of open enrollment will be FAPE accountable and will generate the IEP (usually still working with the resident district).
- IEP Moves Child Out of State: If an IEP moves a child out of state, DPI applications have no way to track accountability. The student's accountability remains with the resident district.
- Homeschooled Special Education Students: There is no legal obligation for a district to provide special education services to a child who is homeschooled if the parent has withdrawn the child from the public school. If a child is homeschooled, the child may still receive services, depending on whether or not the child has an IEP. There are, however, homebound students with disabilities who are receiving special education services or in the case of a preschooler, receiving services in the home. These children would still be considered enrolled and should be reported in WISEid/WISEdata.