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IDC Launches New TA Page

This newly launched TA page features our TA spotlights, data manager collection, pictures of our TA providers, and a state map to find your liaison.

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Connecting Data Analysis and Use for Indicators 1, 2, 13, and 14

When discussing program improvement, educators and other stakeholders frequently associate these...

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Updated Collection of Quick Reference Materials for IDEA Part B Data

This updated collection of IDEA Part B data references brings essential information about IDEA data...

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Not Sure if You Should Contact IDC or PSC? Check Out our New Resource

IDC and the Partner Support Center (PSC) are both available to help states with IDEA Part B 618 data needs. However, each center has a different primary purpose. This resource helps guide states about contacting IDC or PSC when they have Part B 618 data questions or concerns. 

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New SPP/APR Stakeholder Engagement Resource

This resource can help states develop and report on authentic and broad stakeholder engagement as required in the FFY 2020–2025 SPP/APR. This resource provides 10 key questions states should be asking themselves, with detailed options to consider, as they build their stakeholder engagement plans and prepare for describing their engagement activities in their SPPs/APRs.

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LEA EDFacts Edit Check Tools

The local education agency (LEA) EDFacts Edit Check Tools allow states to identify potential business rule errors or errors in category sets, subtotals, or totals prior to submitting Child Count and Educational Environments, Discipline, and Personnel data to the Office of Special Education (OSEP) via the EDFacts Submission System. These timely tools also provide states with user-friendly data summaries. States can use the tools to check LEA-level EDFacts data files and as data displays in their work with their LEAs.

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New IDC Summary Report on State Determinations of Local Education Agency (LEA) Performance

This resource provides a summary of findings from 28 states’ publicly available LEA determinations processes. States can use this resource to learn more about the data elements, calculation methodologies, and determination category criteria these 28 states used for making LEA determinations. This information can be particularly valuable for those states considering revisions and updates to their own LEA determinations processes.

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New IDC Resource on Engaging Stakeholders in Part B Indicator 3 Baseline and Target Setting

Our new resource provides states with an overview of the Part B SPP/APR reporting changes to Indicator 3 Participation and Performance of Children with IEPs of statewide assessments. 

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October Task List for Data Managers—Use the IDC 618 Data Collection Calendar

Be sure to check the 618 Data Collection Calendar each month to create your task list for the month...

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Ohio Department of Education and IDC Work Together to Plan for Stakeholder Engagement in SPP/APR Target Setting

Over the past several months, IDC has supported state staff from the Ohio Department of Education in...

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Visit IDC's New SPP/APR Resources Page

The SPP/APR Resources at a Glance page brings together on one page IDC resources that states can use...

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How Are Statewide Assessment Data Like Window Shades? Transparency Matters

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Being able to help others affect change in outcomes for students with disabilities is a passion of mine. The first step in doing so is being able to identify problems and then make good decisions based on accurate and valid data. IDC enables me to support states and local education agencies in analyzing and using their data to make good data-based decisions to increase equity for students and support positive outcomes.

— Joanna Bivins
IDC State Liaison
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News From the Department

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The Department Releases New Resource on Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health during COVID-19 Era

On October 19,2021, the U.S. Department of Education released a new resource: Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health to provide information and resources to enhance the promotion of mental health and the social and emotional well-being among children and students. This resource highlights seven key challenges to providing school- or program-based mental health support across early childhood, K–12 schools, and higher education settings, and presents seven corresponding recommendations. This resource includes many real-world examples of how the recommendations are being put into action by schools, communities, and states across the country.

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The Department is Hosting a Webinar on Data Literacy

This webinar will take place on October 15, 2021, from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET. Learn more about big data — the ability to harness and use data at scale —and how it has transformed our economy, our democracy, and our daily way of life.  Join the webinar to learn what federal, state, and local partners are doing to address gaps in data science and artificial intelligence and what resources exist to bring data education programs to schools.

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Press Release—U.S. Department of Education Announces New Grant Program to Provide Funding to School Districts Being Penalized for Implementing COVID Safety Measures

On Thursday, September 9th, U.S. Department of Education announced that it will launch a new grant program to provide additional funding to school districts that have funds withheld by their state or are otherwise financially penalized for implementing strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, such as universal indoor masking. The announcement is part of President Biden's plan to combat COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of students, educators, families, and school communities.

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The Department Announces New Guidance that Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

On August 24, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sent a letter to its state and local partners reiterating its commitment to ensuring children with disabilities and their families have successful early intervention and educational experiences in the 2021-2022 school year.  

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OSEP Releases New Fast Fact Data and a New Supplemental Tool, Hand In Hand

OSEP released a new OSEP Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity of Children with Disabilities Served under IDEA Part B and new supplemental tool, Hand In Hand. This tool explores IDEA, Section 618 data with the specific lens on race and ethnicity. OSEP Fast Facts is an ongoing effort to display data from the 12 data collections authorized under IDEA Section 618 into graphic, visual representations with the intent to present 618 data quickly and clearly. 

Click here to read the new OSEP Fast Facts and check out the new tool here.

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New OCR/OSERS Resource on Long COVID

This week, as we recognize the thirty-first anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) have issued a new resource, "Long COVID under Section 504 and the IDEA: A Resource to Support Children, Students, Educators, Schools, Service Providers, and Families"

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Department of Education Announces Actions to Advance Equity in Education

The Educational Equity Summit Series will launch virtually with the first event on June 22nd and will focus on how, as schools and campuses continue to reopen and welcome students back for in-person instruction, they must not return to the status quo. The first installment of the series will explore how schools and communities can reimagine our school systems so that every student has a voice in their school and classroom, particularly students from underserved communities, including communities of color, students with disabilities, and multilingual learners. The event will also feature discussions on how all students can access a high-quality education responsive to their needs, and how schools can create more culturally and linguistically responsive and inclusive learning environments for all students. The first installment will feature remarks from Department leaders, panel discussions focused on evidence-based practices and promising strategies for building equitable and inclusive environments in our schools, and insights from leaders working to make equitable and inclusive schools a reality. Participants include Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten, Dean of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education Pedro Noguera, 2021 School Counselor of the Year Olivia Carter, and others. Interested participants can register to attend the Summit here.

Read the full Press Release here.

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OSEP Released New Maintenance of Financial Guidance

OSEP posted a revised version of the Process and Criteria Used to Evaluate a Request by States to Waive Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirements under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) document. This document provides guidance to SEAs on the factors the Department considers when reviewing requests for waivers of the maintenance of State financial support requirement under Part B of the IDEA. This document replaces the Department’s June 2010 version of this guidance.  To learn more, click here.

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Press Release—U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to States on Assessing Student Learning During the Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Education is providing guidance to states emphasizing the importance of flexibility in administering assessments this year as a result of the pandemic and supporting the use of assessment data as a source of information for parents and educators to target resources and support, rather than for accountability purposes this year.

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Press Release—U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Handbook Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools

To reopen safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and maximize the amount of in-person instruction, schools need sufficient resources as well as adhered-to, strong state and local public health measures. Extraordinary efforts by states, districts, and schools have been underway to support students throughout the pandemic.

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Access Public IDEA Data

U.S. Department of Education website offers current and historical data and products.

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Interactive Public Reporting Engine

This tool provides an interactive way for states to meet federally mandated IDEA data public reporting requirements.

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