Special Education Update

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.


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.


Siddik Cifcioglu