Referral & Evaluation Procedures



Upon request, the School District of Grafton 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 private (including religious) schools, elementary schools, and secondary schools located within the school district boundaries.

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. A referral may be made by contacting the Director of Special Education and Student Services at 262-376-5403, or in writing at 1900 Washington Street, Grafton, WI 53024.

SLD Evaluation Process 12-1-2013

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 will use information from interventions to make eligibility decisions. 

Beginning on December 1, 2013, initial SLD evaluations in the Grafton School District will begin using information from a student's response to intensive, scientific research based or evidence based interventions when making special education eligibility decisions.  This process will not impact currently identified learning disabled students.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your child's principal or the Director of Special Education.

Wisconsin Criteria for Specific Learning Disability
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