Our November 15–16, 2022 SPP/APR Summit brought together data quality influencers from across the country for a chance to connect and collaborate with their peers as they continue to improve the quality of their state’s SPP/APR data. During this in-person event, we learned about and discussed solutions to the most relevant SPP/APR challenges through innovative learning experiences and engaging interactions—in other words, everything you’ve come to expect from IDC. Check out the resources below to experience (or relive) some of the summit for yourself.
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Session: Great Expectations: Setting Targets to Improve Child Outcomes
Have you ever had a dream or set an ambitious goal to work toward? Maybe it was saving up for a wonderful vacation or improving your health through exercise. To prepare for this dream or goal, you likely had both a starting point and an end result in mind. This process is not that dissimilar from the daunting task of setting baselines and targets for SPP/APR indicators—indicator baselines are the starting points, and targets are the end results! Establishing appropriate baselines and selecting rigorous yet achievable targets for indicators can help states articulate clear goals for districts to work toward. Join us as we walk through the basics of baseline and target setting for SPP/APR indicators. You will then apply this knowledge by working with your peers through real-world examples and brainstorming ways to effectively establish and revisit baselines and targets in a way that promotes improved outcomes for children with disabilities.
Session: The Results Are In! Let’s Look at the FFY 2020 SPP/APR Graduation and Dropout Performance
In the FFY 2020 SPP/APR measurement table, changes were made to the way states calculate and report the percent of students with IEPs, ages 14–21, who exited special education by graduating with a regular diploma (Indicator 1) and by dropping out (Indicator 2). With the analysis of the FFY 2020 SPP/APR data now complete, let’s dig into some of the results. Join us for an interactive discussion during which we will encourage you to share some of the changes in your state’s data and how the changes to the measurement of these indicators affected your state’s data for the FFY 2020 SPP/APR. Additionally, we will discuss the various ways states have communicated with stakeholders about the changes to Indicators 1 and 2 and how stakeholders have responded. Come prepared to share your thoughts and experiences and learn from your peers who are also adjusting to these important indicator measurement changes.
Session: Identifying Disproportionate Representation—A Happy Marriage Between Data and Monitoring!
Just like Mario and Luigi or Woody and Buzz Lightyear, dynamic duos achieve great things! For Indicators 9 and 10, data and monitoring must be that duo, functioning in harmony to address one of the most important equity requirements of IDEA: disproportionate representation. Join in the discussion as we learn about the relationship between identification data and monitoring components of Indicators 9 and 10, such as reviews of policies, practices, and procedures and correction of noncompliance. Come ready to hear from other states and share how your state addresses the duo of data and monitoring for Indicators 9 and 10 to ensure appropriate identification of students with disabilities.
Session: Ask Auntie Katie: Advice Columnist for Indicator 3
Attention Part B data managers and SSP/APR coordinators! If you are looking for sage counsel or just a friendly ear to bend about Indicator 3, consider attending this discussion with IDC’s own Indicator 3 advice columnist, Auntie Katie. During this session, Auntie Katie will explain each sub element of Indicator 3 and how they relate to each other. You also will hear tips to help you sail through clarification, explain slippage in Indicator 3, and focus your colleagues and stakeholders at home on equity considerations embedded within Indicator 3. Later in the discussion, you will have an opportunity to put your own advice skills to the test as you and your fellow “advice column readers” share problems and consider possible solutions related to Indicator 3. Finally, we will have a special guest appearance by Auntie Audrey who will give advice about EDFacts Modernization and Indicator 3.
Session: Why Should I Care About EDFacts Modernization?
EDFacts modernization has begun, but what does that mean? More importantly, what does that mean for you? Join us for a briefing on the updates to EDFacts, including known changes to deadlines and the data submission process. We will also review how those changes will affect your state data processes and provide tips on how to use those processes to demonstrate good data governance that leads to high-quality data.
Session: The Room Where It Happens: Problem Solving in the SPP/APR Peer Solutions Room
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” These wise words from Albert Einstein remind us that we often need fresh ideas to solve the many issues we encounter in our day-to-day work. Join IDC staff and your peers from other states to experience a guided, facilitated peer solutions exercise where you will have an opportunity to explore fresh ideas as you share a complicated problem or issue related to your state’s SPP/APR. State peers then will provide their perspectives on your state’s concerns and offer solutions for your consideration. Come ready to collaborate and discover different perspectives on your state’s various dilemmas with the SPP/APR.
Session: Gathering Around the Table
Let’s discuss how to bring more diverse voices to the proverbial stakeholder table and engage them in a more purposeful way. Join us as we collaboratively identify creative approaches for increasing partnership opportunities with underrepresented populations of stakeholders. You will learn various strategies for facilitating ongoing and authentic stakeholder engagement throughout the SPP/APR development process in a way that helps increase data quality and improve student outcomes. Additionally, we will demonstrate an IDC stakeholder resource that will help you meet the intent of the SPP/APR stakeholder engagement requirements.
Session: The SSIP: Systems Change for Equitable Outcomes
How can the SSIP promote equity? Join us as we kick start Day 2 of the SPP/APR Summit by tackling this question. As we revisit the requirement to develop an SSIP, we will offer ways you can consider looking at the SSIP’s systems change requirement through an equity lens. You and your peers will explore how aligning SSIP components increases the likelihood of success in improving outcomes for students with disabilities. Through an engaging discussion, we will show you how to leverage high-quality data to assess whether your results show equitable outcomes across groups of students.
Session: Jumping in Head First: All Things SPP/APR
So, you’re new to your role with your state’s SPP/APR. Do you feel like you’ve been thrown into the deep end and need help keeping your head above water? IDC is here to throw you a life preserver. During this interactive session, we’ll provide an overview of “all things” SPP/APR, including tips and tools for smooth sailing into the FFY 2021 submission. You also will have an opportunity to collaborate and communicate with peers in the same boat and test their knowledge during a fun gaming activity. By the end of this adventure, you will have more information and new ideas about the SPP/APR to take back to your home shores.
Session: The Nuts and Bolts of Reporting Compliance
Do you want to improve your data quality when reporting compliance? Are you familiar with the subtle differences between using annual databases vs. monitoring to collect your state’s data? Does your state allow pre-finding corrections? Join us to hear tips for answering these questions and more about compliance reporting. This promises to be an engaging and interactive conversation among colleagues. You’ll leave energized and full of new ideas for how to improve your compliance reporting in the FFY 2021 SPP/APR.
Session: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…Winding Your Way Through the Indicator 4 Decision Journey
Comparison group, calculation method, minimum cell size, minimum n-size, threshold—these are only a few of the important decision points states must keep in mind when it comes to generating data for Indicator 4A and 4B! Join IDC staff and your colleagues from other states as we examine each of these decision points closely and learn from each other. Discussions will center on how different states have made decisions related to these important concepts, the pros and cons of such decisions, and any decision points they had to tweak. No matter what your level of familiarity with Indicator 4 is, you will leave this discussion with a renewed interest in examining how your current Indicator 4 processes are working and a higher awareness of the important decision points every state needs to consider when it comes to Indicator 4.
Session: Curves Ahead: Navigating the Winding Roads of Indicators 8 and 14
Successfully navigating the complex components of Indicators 8 and 14 can feel like driving on curvy roads—you get to your destination but may feel a little queasy from the journey. In this session, we’ll work together to straighten the road and set your state on an easier path to completing Indicators 8 and 14. Join us as we discuss high-quality data collection methods; provide clarity and give pointers on how to address response rate, representativeness, and non-response bias; and walk through the SPP/APR prompts to ensure you reach your destination with valid and reliable data.