Data Collection and Reporting
2003-04 and Beyond
District of Residence is based on where the student typically sleeps at night. This may be at home, in an institution, or in any other facility. An exception exists for students with disabilities who, for EDUCATIONAL purposes, are placed by a school district in a residential facility located outside the school district (e.g., WSD and WSVH). Although these students may sleep at the residential facility, the "District of Residence/Public Agency of Responsibility" is the school district that placed the child in the facility.
CHANGES: For 2014-15 Year End and 2015-16 3rd Friday of September and Child Count records and beyond non-district 2R charter schools must provide District of Residence. This value is no longer allowed to default to the non-district 2R charter school. District of Residence is required for all ISES records beginning with the fall 2006 ISES collection. This includes 2005-06 ISES Year End records and 2006-07 ISES Count Date records. If District of Residence is not the district submitting ISES data for that student then the submitting District will need to submit the code for the District of Residence. Otherwise the District of Residence, with the exception of non-district 2R charter schools, will default to the submitting District.
- In the Individual Student Enrollment System (ISES), District of Residence is not necessary or expected for any student who lives in and receives his/her primary PK-12 educational services from the District submitting the ISES data for that student. District of Residence is assumed to be the submitting district unless otherwise noted by inclusion of data in the District of Residence field.
- Supreme Court Ruling, District of Residence, and Educational Rights. In State v. Thayer, 74 Wis. 48 (1889), the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that students are entitled to a free public education from the district of residence. If the student is living in a school district "for other, as a main purpose, than to participate in the advantages which the school affords," then the student is a resident for school purposes. Note that:
- A student may have a district of residence other than that of his or her parents.
- The right to a free public education exists as soon as the student becomes a resident of the district; there is no minimum length of residency before this right takes effect.
- The Supreme Court ruling applies in almost all situations, but note special provisions for certain students at Residential Care Centers as listed in s. 115.81, Wis. Stats.. See Answers Section of District Data Collection and Reporting page for more information about Residential Care Centers and WSLS/ISES.
- In all situations, District of Residence as submitted in ISES should be the school district where the student typically sleeps at night as long as the main purpose of this sleeping arrangement is not educational.
- Services Provided by Nonresident Districts. For WSLS/ISES purposes, students should be submitted as enrolled in one and only one district at any given point in time. As authorized by law, contract, or agreement, a student may receive educational services from a nonresident Wisconsin district. If the nonresident district provides the primary PK-12 educational services, then the nonresident district should submit WSLS / ISES data for the student. If PK-12 educational services are provided by multiple Wisconsin districts simultaneously, then the district that most directly supervises the primary PK-12 educational services for this student should submit WSLS/ISES data for the student. If the submitting District is not the District of Residence, then use the District of Residence field to document this fact in ISES. Examples are provided below.
- Example 1: If the District of Residence is District A and pursuant to a District A IEP a student with disabilities is receiving his/her primary educational services from District B, then District B submits data for that student. District B would include the code for District A in the District of Residence field.
- Example 2: If the District of Residence is District A and pursuant to District A IEP a student with disabilities is served by the Wisconsin School for the Deaf (or Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired) and if the School for the Deaf (or Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired) has an agreement with District B to provide some services to the student, then District A would submit data for this student. Inclusion of data in the ISES District of Residence field is not required or expected.
- Example 3: If the District of Residence is District A and a student attends District B under part-time open enrollment, but the student's primary educational services are provided by District A, then District A would submit data for the student. Inclusion of data in the ISES District of Residence field is not required or expected.
- Example 4: If the District of Residence is District A and a student attends District B under a full-time open enrollment program, then District B would submit data for the student and would indicate that District A as the District of Residence.)
- Reason Out of District. Beginning in 2006-07, if the District of Residence does not equal the submitting District, then IDEA-eligible disability. This change was made to facilitate future consolidation of collections and to improve data quality.
- School in District of Residence. "School in District of Residence" must be provided if
- the District of Residence is not the district submitting the ISES data,
- the student has an IDEA-eligible disability, and the
- Reason Out of District is RES.
- WSLS, ISES, and Membership. Beginning in 2006-07, District of Residence will also be used for unofficial preliminary membership reporting so will be expected whenever the District of Residence is not the Submitting District. For the forseeable future, official membership data must continue to be submitted by districts to DPI as part of the PI-1563. For more information, see WSLS, ISES, and Membership.
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