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Parentally-Placed Private Student Covered by a Service Plan

Parent Placed Private: WISEdata

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Parentally-Placed Private (PPP) indicates a student placed by a parent or guardian in a private school, who receives special education or related services from the submitting district that meet Federal standards under a service plan (34 CFR 300.132 – 300.144).

Code Description/Comments

The student does NOT meet the definition of a parentally-placed private student as defined above.


The student meets the definition above.

USES: The information submitted under Parentally-Placed Private is used to complete Wisconsin's Annual Report on the Implementation of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) required under section 618 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. WISEdata October 1 Child Count records are required for Parentally-Placed Private school students covered under a service plan when the service plan is in effect on the October 1 count date.


FAQs, Details, and Points to Note


  1. Submitting PPP Students in WISEdata: Parentally-placed private school children with disabilities are children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in private, including religious, elementary schools or secondary schools.  Report in WISEdata only parentally-placed private school children with disabilities receiving special education and related services pursuant to a Service Plan that meets IDEA regulations.
    1. Do not include children with disabilities placed in a private school or facility by a public agency as a means of providing special education and related services.
    2. Do not include children with disabilities parentally-placed in a private school who are not receiving special education and related services pursuant to a Service Plan.
    3. Both the public school district and the Choice school report Choice participants who are parentally-placed in a private school.
    4. The public district identifies a value of True/Yes for the Parent Placed Private field in the enrollment record.
    5. Change in Status: Note that if a student moves into or out of PPP status, WISEdata expects a new enrollment record (sSA) and a new special education record (sSEPA).
  2. Collection/Count Dates: Third Friday of September (TFS, Choice), October 1 Child Count (public)
    1. If the student is PPP, then the Choice school gets credit for TFS.
    2. For Oct. 1 Child Count, no Choice school students are IDEA eligible, so Choice schools cannot take accountability for Oct. 1 counts. If PPP Choice students receive special education services in a public school, then the public school claims them for Oct. 1 and receives credit for that child count.
  3. Disability Requirement: Only students with disabilities (Primary Disability <>N/Null) may be submitted as parentally-placed private students. The students will have a sSEPA with a reported disability.
  4. Service Plan Requirement: A parentally-placed private student is covered by a Service Plan, not an Individualized Education Program (IEP). For clarification regarding the definition of a Service Plan, refer to Information Update Bulletin 06.03.
  5. Submitting District: The submitting district is the district in which the private school is located. This district is responsible for the development and implementation of the Service Plan.
  6. Definition of Private School: A school is a "private school" if it meets the definition at section 118.165(1), Wis. Stats. A directory of private schools may be found at The provisions do not apply to children placed in a private school by a school district or other public agency.
  7. PPP Grade Level Submissions: The IDEA provisions relating to parentally-placed private school students with disabilities apply to all parentally-placed children with disabilities attending private elementary and secondary schools, including religious schools. Wisconsin Statutes section 115.01(2) defines the elementary grades to include four- and five-year-old kindergarten; the elementary grades do not include grade PK or 3K. The secondary grades do not include any education beyond grade 12. The elementary or secondary school may be a day or residential school.
    1. Ages 3 through 5: If a student is not parentally-placed in a four- or five-year old kindergarten private elementary school program, the child continues to have an individual entitlement to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) from their school district of residence. Grade 3K or PK is not an valid grade for a child who is parentally-placed in a private school.
  8. PPP Exit Dates: For parentally-placed private students the exit date should be the date the student last received services under the service plan.

  9. Completed School Term: For parentally-placed private (PPP) students, both the public school and the Choice school should report that the student completed the school term. You may still receive a warning, such as 6567 - Completed School Term is 'Yes', in multiple enrollment records for multiple districts or agencies. The warning displays because the information may or may not be correct but requires review to decide. If the data is correct, as in both schools submitting the PPP student as completing the school term, the warning can be acknowledged and will require no further action.

    1. Other Reporting: Parentally-placed private students are included in EDFacts and OSEP Reporting, but not included in ESSA and School Performance Reporting. For these students a limited set of data elements are required, but if the non-required data elements are submitted, business validation rules will still be applied to the data.

    2. Required Data Elements for PPP Students in a Public School: The following data elements are required for Parentally-Placed Private students receiving services in a public school.

      1. Actual Days of Attendance: Send as (0) zero. (Choice schools submit).
      2. English Language Proficiency: Submit appropriate English Language Proficiency (ELP) code as required. Students with English language proficiency classifications of codes 1-5 are considered Limited English Proficient (LEP). For students in grade levels KG to 12, the value reported is expected to correspond to the results from the most recent administration of the ACCESS for ELLs exam.
      3. Parent Placed Private: Submit as 'Y', Yes.
      4. Possible Days of Attendance: Submit as (0) zero days. (Choice schools submit).
      5. Resident District: Enter the Submitting District for this data element.
      6. Submit all general demographic data elements for PPP students: Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Disability and student Special Education Program Association, as applicable.
    3. Non-Required Data Elements for PPP Students in a Public School:The following data elements are NOT required. These non-required data element fields should not be sent to WISEdata. However, if they exist as characteristics submitted by another school/district, then they should remain. Do NOT delete them. ​

      1. Economically Disadvantaged Status: Values are not required. (Choice schools submit).

      2. Homeless Program Association: Program Association. Program may be submitted when applicable, as well as a Begin Date, Unaccompanied Youth value, and Primary Nighttime Residence.

      3. Immigrant Title III: Characteristic, submitted when true

      4. Migrant Status: Characteristic, submitted when true

      5. Native Language: Characteristic, submitted when true

      6. Food Service Eligibility: Submit as either 'U', Unknown, or 'F', Free, whichever is appropriate for the entire population.
    4. PPP Historical Use: Parentally-Placed Private status was not included in WSLS or ISES prior to 2006-07 for Year End records and 2007-08 for Count Date records.


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