Letter to Parents Regarding Special Education Updates
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Wisconsin’s Rule for Identifying Students with a Specific Learning Disability
Wisconsin’s rule for identifying students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) has changed. No later than
December 1, 2013, all initial SLD evaluations of public school students, including 2r Charter School students, will
use information from interventions to make eligibility decisions.
This letter is to notify you that beginning on November 30, 2013 initial SLD evaluations at Milwaukee Math and
Science Academy will begin using information from a student’s response to intensive, scientific research based or
evidence based interventions when making special education eligibility decisions.
Once a school begins using this method for determining insufficient progress for any student enrolled in the school
being evaluated for SLD, they must use this method for all SLD evaluations of students. All schools must use
progress monitoring data from intensive interventions to determine insufficient progress for all SLD evaluations.
ANNUAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES
Upon request, MMSA is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for
evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized
Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education
services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their
parents in elementary schools and secondary schools operated by MMSA.
A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child
brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless
child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral
must inform the child’s parent that the referral will be made.
Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child,
including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.
Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability.
If you have any questions, would like more information or would like to make a referral, please refer to our
website http://www.mmsacademy.org/ or contact Shara Barlow, Special Education
Coordinator at 414-263-6400.