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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 private school, who receives special education or related services from the submitting district that meet Federal standards under a service plan (34 CFR 300.452--300.462).

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 October 1.

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Demographic, October 1 Child Count      *Note, all data elements flow into WISEdata at all times, not only during specified collection snapshots.

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Related Validations & Data Elements

6629, 6649, 6589, Disability,  sSEPA Begin & End Date, IEP/ISP Begin and End Date      

FAQs, Details, and Points to Note


  1. Submitting PPP Students in WISEdata: Report in WISEdata only parentally-placed private school children with disabilities receiving special education and/or related services pursuant to a services plan that meets IDEA standards. Parentally-placed private school children with disabilities are children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in private, including religious, elementary schools or secondary schools.
    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. Both the public district and a Choice school will report Choice participants who are parentally-placed private special education students.
    2. The Choice School is responsible for getting the WISEid and reporting student data to WISEdata for all Choice participants. Some Choice schools choose to also report their non-Choice participants.
    3. The public district identifies a value of True/Yes for the Parent Placed Private field in the special education record.
    4. 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. PPP Grade Level Submissions: The elementary grade levels include students in grades K4 and K5. The secondary grades do not include any education beyond grade 12. The elementary or secondary school may be a day or residential school.
    1. Three-Year-Old Students: Wisconsin Statutes section 115.01(2) defines the elementary grades to include four- and five-year-old kindergarten. Therefore, the IDEA requirements for parentally-placed private school students with disabilities apply to students enrolled in K4 or K5 programs in private schools. The child's K4 or K5 program must be part of a sequential curriculum that progresses through the grades. The private school institution must meet the definition of a private school in Wisconsin Statutes section 118.165. If a child with a disability age three through five is enrolled by their parents in a private school K4 or K5 program, the school district where the private school is located is responsible for child find, including evaluation, and equitable participation. If the school district determines that the student will receive services, the district must develop a Services Plan.
      • Three-Year-Old Students in Choice Schools: If the student is not parentally placed in a K4 or K5 private elementary school program, the child continues to have an individual entitlement to free appropriate public education (FAPE) from their school district of residence. There is an age restriction for reporting PPP students in Choice schools. PPP isn’t a valid option for a three-year-old child. Choice schools cannot have a grade level of K3, though they may have PK and K4. If the three-year-old child receives special education services from a public school, then the child should have an IEP in place, and the public school district will submit as providing services. Once the student turns four and if the student is in K4 at a Choice school, then you may see an ISP instead of an IEP. At that point, the child can be reported as PPP in K4 at the Choice school.
  3. 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.

  4. Disability Requirement: Only students with disabilities (Primary Disability <> N/Null) may be submitted as parentally-placed private students. The students must have a reported disability in their sSEPA.
  5. Service Plan Requirement: A parentally-placed private student should be 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.
  6. Submitting District:The submitting district is the district responsible for development of the service plan.
  7. 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.
  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. 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.

  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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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