2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 115. State superintendent; general classifications and definitions; children with disabilities.
115.78 Individualized education program team; timeline.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 115.78 (2017)

115.78 Individualized education program team; timeline.

(1)Definition. In this section, for a child who is attending a public school in a nonresident school district under s. 118.50, 118.51, or 121.84 (1) (a) or (4), “local educational agency" means the school board of the school district that the child is attending.

(1m)Appointment of Team. The local educational agency shall appoint an individualized education program team for each child referred to it under s. 115.777. Each team shall consist of all of the following:

(a) The parents of the child.

(b) At least one regular education teacher of the child if the child is, or may be, participating in a regular educational environment.

(c) At least one special education teacher who has recent training or experience related to the child's known or suspected area of special education needs or, where appropriate, at least one special education provider of the child.

(d) A representative of the local educational agency who is qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, special education, is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum and is knowledgeable about and authorized by the local educational agency to commit the available resources of the local educational agency.

(e) An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results, who may be a team participant under pars. (b) to (d) or (f).

(f) At the discretion of the parent or the local educational agency, other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise about the child, including related services personnel as appropriate.

(g) Whenever appropriate, the child.

(h) If the child is attending a public school in a nonresident school district under s. 118.50, 118.51, or 121.84 (1) (a) or (4), at least one person designated by the school board of the child's school district of residence who has knowledge or special expertise about the child.

(2)Duties of Team. The individualized education program team shall do all of the following:

(a) Evaluate the child under s. 115.782 to determine the child's eligibility or continued eligibility for special education and related services and the educational needs of the child.

(b) Develop an individualized education program for the child under s. 115.787.

(c) Determine the special education placement for the child under s. 115.79.

(3)Timeline.

(a) The local educational agency shall determine if a child is a child with a disability within 60 days after the local educational agency receives parental consent for the evaluation of the child under s. 115.782 (1) (b) or (4) (b), provides notice under s. 115.777 (3) (e) that no additional data are needed, or provides notice under s. 115.782 (4) (c) that no additional data are needed.

(b) The 60-day period under par. (a) does not apply to a local educational agency if any of the following occur:

1. A child enrolls in a school served by that local educational agency after the 60-day period has begun and before a determination by the child's previous local educational agency as to whether the child is a child with a disability, the subsequent local educational agency is making sufficient progress to ensure a prompt completion of the evaluation, and the child's parent and the subsequent local educational agency agree to a specific time when the evaluation will be completed.

2. The child's parent repeatedly fails or refuses to produce the child for the evaluation.

(c) The local educational agency shall conduct a meeting to develop an individualized education program under s. 115.787 and determine a placement under s. 115.79 within 30 days of a determination that a child is a child with a disability.

(d) Subject to pars. (a) to (c), if the parents of the child or the local educational agency staff determines at any meeting during the process of the evaluation, development of the individualized education program or placement of the child that additional time is needed to permit meaningful parental participation, the local educational agency shall provide it. Upon request, the local educational agency shall provide a copy of the most recent evaluation report under s. 115.782 (3) (b) to the child's parents at any meeting of the individualized education program team.

(5)Attendance at meetings.

(a) A member of an individualized education program team is not required to attend a meeting of the individualized education program team, in whole or in part, if the parent of a child with a disability and the local educational agency agree that the attendance of the member is unnecessary because the member's area of the curriculum or related service is not being modified or discussed at the meeting.

(b) A member of an individualized education program team may be excused from attending a meeting of the individualized education program team, in whole or in part, when the meeting involves a modification to or discussion of the member's area of the curriculum or related services if the child's parent and the local educational agency consent and, before the meeting, the member submits to the child's parent and to the individualized education program team, in writing, the member's input into the development of the child's individualized education program.

(c) A parent's agreement under par. (a) and consent under par. (b) shall be in writing.

History: 1997 a. 164; 1999 a. 117; 2005 a. 258 ss. 28 to 33, 45; 2015 a. 55.

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