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Eligibility Evaluation Type

Eligibility Evaluation Type: Special Education

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Eligibility Evaluation Type (Initial): Timely Initial Evaluations (Indicator 11) always refers to an initial special education evaluation. Indicate this with code value ( I ). Eligibility Evaluation Type identifies whether the evaluation being completed is an initial evaluation or a re-evaluation, and in some cases will result in a situation where eligibility is not determined.

An initial evaluation is when the student being evaluated does not currently receive Special Education Services and has not been evaluated before. Indicator 11 refers specifically to initial evaluations that result in a student qualifying for special education services and, therefore, an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

IEP re-evaluation occurs for a student who currently receives Special Education Services and is being evaluated again as part of the IEP process. Other Indicators in the SPP refer to re-evaluations.

Note for Pilot Year:

Indicator 11 data collection is currently in its pilot school year for the 2022-23 school year. 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.

FAQs, Details, and Use Cases


  1.  What kinds of special education evaluation types are there? Initial evaluations are special education evaluations being completed for the first time on a student. The results of this initial evaluation will determine whether or not that student qualifies to receive special education services or not. If it is determined that a student does qualify to receive services, then a new, 30-day timeline begins to create that student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) specifying that nature and type of supports deemed appropriate. Once a student has an IEP, they must undergo revaluations to determine if IEP goals were met, to revise the IEP as needed to provide required support for changes coinciding with the student or location (i.e., moving from elementary school to a middle school setting), or dismissal from the special education program.

  2.  Which kind of special education evaluation type applies to Indicator 11 data? Timely Initial Evaluations (Indicator 11) always refers to an initial special education evaluation.


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

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