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In this episode of A Date with Data, we’re on stage at the 2022 IDC Interactive Institute in Music City, USA. Join us as host Amy Bitterman performs a duet with Amy Patterson, IDEA Part B Data Manager with the Kentucky Department of Education, to learn more about her role as a data-quality influencer. Up next, Amy two-steps with Richelle Davis from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for her perspective on the importance of states and districts understanding the “why” behind collecting high-quality data—including how the data drive policy and decisionmaking.Read More
Have questions about how to respond to the requirements for SPP/APR compliance indicators? Do you lie awake at night wondering how much specificity is enough specificity when you respond to those requirements? And what about addressing compliance or the correction and verification of non-compliance findings in your state’s SPP/APR? Join host Nancy Johnson to learn more about these all-important requirements, in addition to real-life stories and strategies from states about how they get it all done.Read More
You may have heard that the EDFacts Information Collection Package for SY2022–23, 2023–24, and 2024–25 is now available. You may even have already begun to explore everything it has to offer. Or maybe, just maybe, you may now be wondering where to begin. Where indeed? The answer to that question is to first familiarize yourself with what has changed, including Section 618 data technical corrections, revisions to data collection categories, and the addition of some brand-new elements to the collections.Read More
For 20 years, the Delaware Department of Education has partnered with the state’s Parent Information Center to facilitate family engagement. How do these partners maintain their strong bond? Host Amy Bitterman sits down with Mary Ann Mieczkowski, Barbara Mazza, and Meedra Surratte to find out.Read More
This interactive resource guides states through 10 key questions they should ask themselves as they build their stakeholder engagement plans. Each question offers detailed options to consider that will assist states in preparing to describe their engagement activities in their SPPs/APRs.Read More
States developing Indicator 17 SSIPs are required to identify data quality issues in their SPPs/APRs, and this checklist can help. Your state can use it to identify and address data quality issues and avoid the potential consequences of failing to do so.Read More
Building a Culture of High-Quality IDEA Data in Wisconsin
What steps is Wisconsin enacting to achieve a strong, shared data culture? What lessons has the state learned along the way? On the next A Date with Data, host Amy Bitterman sits down with special guest Seth Bishop, Data Analysis/Grant Evaluation Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, to learn the answers to these questions and a whole lot more.
Be sure to check the 618 Data Collection Calendar each month to create your task list for the month. This tool outlines monthly tasks for 618 data collection reports to help states submit timely, accurate, and complete data. Activities for each data collection report may address upcoming data submissions or previous data submissions for individual months, helping states effectively plan for their 618 data collection reports. Click here to learn more and to view the calendar.Read More
Implications of Changes to the SPP/APR and Stakeholder Engagement Requirements in Oklahoma. Amy chats with Ginger about building the capacity of districts and other stakeholders in Oklahoma to understand the changes to the SPP/APR and stakeholder engagement requirements.Read More
In Part 1 of this blog post, we mentioned how one of the key goals for sharing education data is to build understanding, and we shared some raw numbers of a sample district’s significant disproportionality data. In Part 2, we will explore how data visualization can be a powerful tool that you can use to better engage your stakeholders with this type of data. Common forms of data visualization are graphs, charts, tables, and similar types of drawings. However, because of the nature of significant disproportionality data, stakeholders can find it difficult to interpret the data even in a data visualization, so here are some effective strategies to enhance understanding.Read More
How the Pandemic and Changes to the SPP/APR Affected Arkansas's IDEA Data. In this episode, we throw a spotlight on the implications of both the pandemic and the changes to the SPP/APR for FFY 2020—2025 on Arkansas’s data quality, results, and trends. Jody and Amy discuss how Arkansas mitigated the data challenges it encountered due to the pandemic and SPP/APR changes.Read More
Imagine 15 percent of your district’s special education budget is withheld suddenly because of a state finding of “significant disproportionality.” Staff and stakeholders do not fully understand why—and now you must explain in detail to your district leadership what happened and what the district must do to fix the issue.Read More
It’s so rewarding working with educators dedicated to bringing the spirit of IDEA alive through work at the state and local education levels. I’m always honored to be a small part of this important effort on behalf of students with disabilities across the country.
New guidance from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) helps public elementary and secondary schools fulfill their responsibilities to meet the needs of students with disabilities and avoid the discriminatory use of student discipline. These newly released resources are the most comprehensive guidance on the civil rights of students with disabilities concerning student discipline and build on the Department’s continued efforts to support students and schools through pandemic recovery. Learn more here.
EDFacts Update! The EDFacts Information Collection package for SY 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25 has been approved and is now available. The package includes pre-kindergarten through grade-12 performance data about students, schools, staff, services, and educational outcomes at the state, district, and school levels. Approximately 170 data groups are included and respondents include all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, outlying areas and freely associated states, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). Access the EDFacts Information Collection here.
On August 8-11, OSEP will host Smart Beginnings, a virtual three-day technical assistance event designed to highlight important OSEP Leadership Conference presentations from 2021 and 2022. Smart Beginnings expands OSEP’s reach into communities with information and strategies to launch new academic engagement for the upcoming learning year. Watch this space for upcoming registration information and to learn more.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will post states’ Significant Disproportionality Forms on its website during the fourth quarter of the 2022 calendar year. The purpose of publicly posting these data is to provide increased transparency to allow states, local education agencies, and stakeholders to monitor significant disproportionality and to emphasize the importance of public input in the review and revision of risk ratio thresholds, cell sizes, and n-sizes.
States can update their Significant Disproportionality Forms until May 27, 2022. To update the form, click here and follow these steps: (a) download and save the document as a PDF onto your desktop; (b) open and populate the file using Adobe; (c) select your state name from the drop-down menu in the top right corner of page 1; (d) enter the name and title of the official completing the document and the date on the last page; and (e) select “submit” at the end of the document to send the form electronically to the OSEP mailbox.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released three policy letters and a Q&A document from the first quarter of 2022. The first letter, issued January 10, 2022, to the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), upholds the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ (OSERS’) position regarding the appropriate use of compensatory services (click here). The second document, revised in February 2022, is Q&A covering frequently asked questions about serving children with disabilities placed by their parents in private schools (click here). The third letter, sent March 2, 2022, to the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA), addresses topics surrounding significant disproportionality, including OSEP’s decision to publicly report state-level Significant Disproportionality Forms (click here). The fourth letter, dated March 24, 2022, contains guidance for educators and parents regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) new recommendations for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of these recommendations on children with disabilities (click here).
The EDFacts Information Collection Package for SYs 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25 is open for the 30-day public comment period until April 28, 2022. This package includes responses to public comments on the IDEA Section 618 data collections as well as updates to the changes proposed during the 60-day public comment period.
The package can be accessed at the following link: View Information Collection Request (ICR) Package
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently released a new OSEP Fast Facts: Students with Disabilities who are English Language Learners (ELs) Served under IDEA Part B, which explores Section 618 data with the specific lens on one of the fastest-growing populations of students with disabilities served under IDEA.
Visit OSEP Fast Facts for existing and future Fast Facts.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released nine new Part B and Part C data files for school years 2019 through 2021. The data files, supporting data documentation files and related data notes, and associated static tables include Parts B and C Child Count, Discipline, Dispute Resolution, and Exiting data and more. The data are downloadable as comma separated values (CSV) files. The static tables provide commonly used percentages associated with the IDEA Section 618 data.
Beyond the IDEA Section 618 Data Products website, OSEP displays and publishes these data in other user-friendly sources including the Annual Report to Congress on IDEA Implementation and on the OSEP Fast Facts web page of the IDEA website.
The IDEA 618 data products have a new home on the U.S. Department of Education's Open Data Platform. The older data files, static tables, and collection documentation have been migrated and are available on the Open Data platform. As of February 15, 2022, the IDEA Section 618 data will no longer be available on the current site.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released the 43rd Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2021. The report focuses on progress in providing a free appropriate public education to children with disabilities served under IDEA, Part B, and early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families served under IDEA, Part C.
Click here for more information and to download the report.
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