Terminology and Glossary
For purposes of this survey, local educational agency
(LEA) includes 426 Wisconsin public schools, three County Children
with Disabilities Education Boards, the Department of Corrections,
the Department of Health and Family Services, the Wisconsin
School for the Deaf (WSD) and the Wisconsin
Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (WCBVI). Approximately
360 LEAs are designated as having a secondary education population.
Leaver or Exiter means the student left
their high school education setting with a regular diploma, with
a certificate of attendance, terminated at maximum age of eligibility
(21 years old) for special education and related services, or dropped-out.
Drop-out is defined as a student who was
enrolled in school at some time during the previous school year,
was not enrolled at the reporting time of the current school year
(third Friday in September), has not graduated from high school
or completed a state or LEA approved educational program, and does
not meet any of the following: transferred to another school LEA,
private school or state or LEA approved educational program; is
temporarily absent due to expulsion, suspension or school-excused
illness; is deceased.
For portions of the reports, ethnic categories of Asian/Pacific
Islander, Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaskan Native are
combined and grouped "Minority". Similarly,
the disability areas of hearing impairment (HI), visually impairment
(VI), speech and language impairment (S/L), autism (Autism), deaf/blind
(D/B), other health impairment (OHI), orthopedic impairment (OI)
and traumatic brain injury (TBI), are grouped as "Low
Incidence" (LI). This is done because some of the
data points have fewer than five responses when analyzed by gender,
ethnicity and disability.
Cooperative Educational Service Agency
A unique 4-digit number assigned by the DPI that identifies the CESA.
Numbers and percentages compiled as a result of data entry
regarding the various survey components.
Date of Birth
The student's birth date provided by the DPI on the Exiting
Special Education Report
Date of Exit
The date the former student exited their high school placement recorded as 4-digits: MM/YY (month/year).
Federal Data Collection Report
Demographic and exiter data reported by LEAs and submitted
to the DPI.
A letter template the district personalizes and sends to their
former students that describes the survey and explains the upcoming
All of the students who are eligible to participate, within the parameters of the survey year, who have exited their high school setting within the past year.
Department of Public Instruction
A letter sent to students by the LEA written by the State Director of Special Education that describes the study and explains to the former students why this information can be collected without their permission.
Categories of time spent in a special education placement provided by the DPI on the December 1 Federal Data Collection Report; includes regular classroom (itinerant), resource room, separate class, separate public day school, separate private school, residential/hospital, and homebound
Categories of ethnicity provided by the DPI on the Federal
Data Collection Report; includes Asian/Pacific Islander, Black,
American Indian/Native Alaskan, Hispanic, and White; consistent
with Federal reporting categories.
Categories of exit status under which the student left their
high school setting provided by the DPI on the December 1 Federal
Data Collection Report; includes regular diploma (including an Alternative
School Diploma), certificate of attendance, termination at maximum
age of eligibility, HSED/GED, or drop-out. It has the same meaning
as the term, “leaver”.
Federal Educational Rights Privacy Act
Categories of gender provided by the DPI Federal Data Collection
Report includes male and female.
The person who has the primary custodial responsibility for
the former student, and who is not the former student's parent.
General Education Degree
High School Equivalency Diploma
Individual Education Plan
Questions with Script
Script that guides the telephone interview with the student,
and has a section to record contact history.
Local Education Agency. This is the local school district,
state school, juvenile facility, residential care center, or human
services agency responsible for educational decisions.
A unique 4-digit number assigned by the DPI that identifies the district and buildings within the district.
LEA Building Code
A unique 4-digit number assigned by the DPI that identifies buildings within the district.
The report generated as a result of completing the WPHSOS.
Categories of exit status under which the student left their high
school setting provided by the DPI on the Federal Data Collection
Report; includes regular diploma (including an Alternative School
Diploma), certificate of attendance (including HSED), termination
at maximum age of eligibility or drop-out (including GED). It has
the same meaning as the term, “exiter”.
National Longitudinal Transition Study/ National Longitudinal Transition Study 2
LEA reports of required data elements of the SPP
Office of Special Education Programs
and Student Contact Information Form
Form that records the former student's address and phone number.
Permanent Parent or Guardian Contact Information
Usually a parent or guardian's permanent address and phone
number, but may also include another relative or friend.
Categories of disability provided by the DPI on the Federal
Data Collection Report; includes Autism, Cognitive Disability (CD),
Deaf/Blind (D/B), Emotional/Behavioral Disability (EBD), Hearing
Impairment (HI), Other Health Impairment (OHI), Orthopedic Impairment
(OI), Specific Learning Disability (SLD), Speech and Language (S/L),
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Visual Impairment (VI).
A sample report is provided to facilitate the reporting process.
A Special Education Plan (SEP) is an annual, DPI required,
report which describes LEA special education programs and reviews
the performance of district students with disabilities in several
major areas including outcomes.
Categories of secondary disability(ies) provided by the DPI
on the Federal Data Collection Report; includes the same categories
as Primary Disability.
The State Performance Plan (SPP) represents the Department of Public
Instruction's (DPI) six-year plan for improving outcomes of children
with disabilities in Wisconsin. The Individuals with Disabilities
Act (IDEA) of 2004 requires DPI to have in place a State Performance
Plan that evaluates the State's efforts to implement the requirements
and purposes of IDEA and describes how the State will improve performance.
is an annual, DPI required, report which describes state education
programs and data, and reviews the performance of district students
with disabilities in several major areas including outcomes.
Annual statewide demographic information provided by the DPI on the Federal Data Collection Report on all leavers; represents all the exiters in a survey year.
Statewide Demographic Data
Annual statewide demographic information provided by the DPI on the Federal Data Collection Report on all leavers.
The student's most current address and phone number, and the location at which you are most likely to contact to student after they have left high school.
The phone interview conducted between a school representative and the student or their proxy.
Summary Report (Sample Report)
A two to four page auto-fill summary of the participants' responses.
Survey participants (former students) on which all pieces of data have been successfully collected, including demographic data, contact information, IEP data review, and a telephone interview.
WPHSOS or PHSOS
Wisconsin Post High School Outcomes Survey
Wisconsin State Transition Initiative