The proposed rules modify eligibility criteria used to identify children with specific learning disabilities (SLD) to be consistent with federal requirements. The federal requirements focus more on early intervention services and do not want the use of "significant discrepancy" in determining whether a child has a SLD. This rule modification should not result in altering the size of the population of children identified as having a disability. Wisconsin must comply with federal requirements in order to remain eligible to receive more than $200 million in federal IDEA funds.
The rules also permit the identification of a child with significant developmental delays (SDD) through the age of nine, rather than the age of six. Allowing a child with SDD to be identified through the age of nine will provide a longer window of time to assess whether the child has a specific disability, and thus, should not result in altering the size of the population of children identified as having a disability.
These rules are not expected to have a local or state fiscal effect.
The proposed rules will have no significant economic impact on small businesses, as defined in s. 227.114 (1) (a), Stats.