CST - Accountability
The accountable school/district is the one held responsible for student outcomes, which will usually be the district submitting to WISEdata but may sometimes be the resident district. 

Accountability for Count Date Credit

3rd Friday of September: The district submitting the record is responsible unless it is a parentally-placed private (PPP) student. If the student is PPP, then the choice school gets credit.
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.

Accountability Scenarios

  1. Out-of-State Student Attends WI School: Children who live in a state other than Wisconsin, such as one bordering Wisconsin, like Minnesota, but who come to a Wisconsin school are not considered residents of the state; however, the Wisconsin school/district where the student attends will be reported as accountable for the student. 
  2. Out-of-State Virtual School Student: If a student attends a virtual school based out of a state other than Wisconsin, the student's family should register the student in HOMER as homeschooled  by Oct. 15 of each current school year taking classes in the virtual school.
  3. Homeschooled Student: Homeschooled students can take up to two classes in public schools, but they will not be counted or submitted to WISEid/WISEdata. Allowing them to attend for one or two classes does not make your school/district accountable. If a child with disabilities is homeschooled, the child may still receive services, depending on whether or not the child has an IEP. There is no legal obligation, though, for a district to provide special education services to a child who is homeschooled if the parent has withdrawn the child from the public school.

FAPE Accountability

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) school fields are required for data submission and should always be completed. The school/district identified as FAPE responsible will be held accountable. If the student is IDEA eligible, you must complete the FAPE accountability field in the student's Special Education Program Association (sSEPA). 

No Intra-District Accountability Transfers: When selecting the FAPE-accountable school and district, you cannot transfer accountability between schools within the same district. For example, District A cannot submit enrollment (sSA) for School A and then try to make School B in the same district accountable. 

Tuition and Contracts Can't Transfer Accountability: You can submit a child as FAPE in a different district to transfer accountability to the other district. However, the act of paying tuition or having a contract does NOT transfer accountability. Accountability transfer via the FAPE-accountable agency should occur only when the IEP transfers the student to another district for services.  

  1. IEP Transfers Child to a Different WI School: If the IEP moves a child, then FAPE accountability changes from the attending district back to the resident district. An IEP moving a student is different than a special education student choosing to open enroll in another school. In this case, the school of open enrollment will be FAPE accountable and will generate the IEP (usually still working with the resident district).
  2. IEP Moves Child Out of State: If an IEP moves a child out of state, DPI applications have no way to track accountability. The student's accountability remains with the resident district.

Accountability-related Errors 

The student will be accountable by whichever agency is listed as FAPE responsible in the active sSEPA. This can cause issues if the IEP and sSEPA records are not moving accordingly with a student. You may see an error if a special education student transfers districts when District A does not put in an end date for the sSEPA record at the first school, preventing the new enrollment-holding school in District B from starting a new sSEPA record for the student. Note, the IEP doesn't need to end if the end date hasn't been reached yet. You may also see an error if a special education student transfers and does not want or participate in sSEPA services at the new enrollment-holding school. District A still needs to add an end date to the sSEPA as well as the IEP if the student is not continuing services in District B.

For more information on accountability, see the District of Accountability data element page at
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