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A Date with Data, Episode 13: Islands in the (Data) Stream

"Data is everything and everywhere," and to prove it this installment of A Date with Data travels to the middle of the Pacific Ocean and the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Join island-hopping host Amy Bitterman as she sits down with the CNMI public school system's Donna Flores and Nora Fujihira to talk about their journey to improve data quality; support students, teachers, and families; and work with their SEA to develop ever improving data governance policies.

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Upcoming: Informal Drop-Ins on SPP/APR

Do you have SPP/APR preparation questions? If so, you're in luck. Come to IDC’s Informal Drop-Ins: SPP/APR Q&A for answers. You will have an opportunity to ask your questions and to listen in to those posed by other states. Two dates are scheduled, and no registration is required.

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Blue Chip: An IDC TA Story

The gameplan: A state department of education wishes to take on the challenge of significant disproportionality in its districts. They draw it up on the board and are ready to hit the court. But key to every all-star team are role-players, team members ready and able to lend a hand at just the right moment to help ensure a big win. That’s where IDC comes in to play.

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A Date with Data, Episode 12: Keystones of Improvement, Part Two

Collaboration. Communication. Continuation. These are just a few keystones of improvement. In this second part of our deep dive into Pennsylvania’s ongoing efforts to increase the state's graduation rate and reduce its drop-out rate, guests Dr. Laura Moran and Barbara Mozina share how they helped develop the ability of stakeholders—especially families and students—to provide feedback by creating and maintaining a continuous flow of information and hosting focus groups. It’s the culmination of our double date in the Keystone State, so don’t miss out. 

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A Date with Data, Episode 11: Keystones of Improvement

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: A state wishes to increase its graduation rates, decrease its drop-out rates. That’s what happened in Pennsylvania, where Dr. Laura Moran and Barbara Mozina applied lessons learned to the second iteration of their state’s SSIP. In the first episode of this two-part A Date with Data, host Amy Bitterman hears all about it, including their efforts to establish an online “early warning” data platform, develop protocols for creating and sustaining data teams, and move districts beyond being “data rich and information poor.”

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Costumes, Candy Corn, and Child Count: Step Into Autumn With EDFacts Modernization

Ah, autumn. For many of us, it’s time to enjoy crisp air, take a trip to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard, and reorganize the closet to put the warm sweaters in front. Of course, fall marks another important annual tradition: developing or updating your data processes documentation for the Child Count and Educational Environments data collection.

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New Resource: Unpacking and Understanding Part B SPP/APR Indicator 3D

The purpose of this resource is to unpack Part B SPP/APR Indicator 3D to better understand how to use Indicator 3D results to improve outcomes for all children with IEPs. This resource guides the reader through Indicator 3D, including how to calculate it; information on the setting/resetting of its baselines and targets; and considerations when analyzing, reporting, and using Indicator 3D data.

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A Date with Data, Episode 10: Rookie Season Recap

We've all been new at something. On this episode of A Date with Data, host Amy Bitterman talks about first steps and initial impressions with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s Alyssa Kramer and Part B data management coordinator with the West Virginia Department of Education, Traci Tuttle. From internal data collection and reporting to strategies for other new data managers, Alyssa and Traci discuss tips, resources, and EDFacts file specifications, all from the newbie perspective.

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New: Our ii22 Resources Page

Our 2022 IDC Interactive Institutes were bigger and better than ever, offering states a chance to take part in innovative, engaging, and highly interactive learning about proven practices to improve data collection, reporting, analysis, and use. Nor does the good news end there! The presentation slides and related resources from those events are now available on this very website. Click the link below to see it all for yourself.

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A Date with Data, Episode 9: Commonwealths, Common Cause

“Improvement begins with data.” These are words to live by and a philosophy held in common by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Brian Coonley and the Kentucky Department of Education’s Jarrod Slone. In this episode of A Date with Data, we get to the bottom of these two commonwealths' not-so-common strategies to support districts and improve the quality of their significant disproportionality data.

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A Date with Data, Episode 8: Shine On, Idaho

When it comes to high-quality data, there are some questions we all ask ourselves. What does it mean to be a data-quality influencer? Am I a data-quality influencer? And, if not, what must I do to become one? To unearth the answers, our latest episode of A Date with Data visits the Gem State, where host Amy Bitterman discusses this multi-faceted issue with the Idaho Department of Education’s Alisa Fewkes and Debi Smith. They talk about polishing up a school’s and district’s ability to read and analyze data through drill-down trainings that the department offers around the state.

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EDFacts Modernization: What It Is, What It Does

On the heels of OSEP’s Leadership Conference and the STATS-DC Data Conference, your thoughts may now be turning to the EDFacts modernization effort and what it all means for you. Fear not! IDC is here to help. In the second installment of this monthly blog series we'll cover topics surrounding the modernization and how it affects the process of collecting and reporting high-quality special education data.

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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.

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News From the Field

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Save the Date: EDFacts Modernization Webinar

The Department of Education would like you to save the date for an upcoming webinar that will provide an update on EDFactsmodernization efforts. On Wednesday, December 14, 2022, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET, the event will deliver a presentation on Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) and display the new data quality application, EDPass, to attendees. The Department will distribute a formal agenda once one is finalized. Please join the webinar by using the WebEx registration link

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Available Now: FFY 2021 Part B and Part C SPP/APR Packages

Attention, Part C Coordinators and State Directors of Special Education: The Department of Education has announced that the FFY 2021 Part B and Part C SPP/APR packages are now available. Access final versions of the FFY 2021 SPP/APR packages here. Note that your state’s completed SPP/APR is due on February 1, 2023.

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New: Help Getting High-Speed Internet This Back-to-School Season

As America’s kids get back to school and continue to recover from the challenges of the pandemic, ensuring that all families have access to affordable high-speed internet is more important than ever. The U.S. Department of Education's Affordable Connectivity Program Back-to-School Toolkit provides actionable recommendations (and a ready-to-use backpack flyer) that schools and community partners can use to help students and their families get signed up! Click here for more information.

 

 

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Feedback Wanted: Advancing Racial Equity and Support

Consistent with the Executive Order 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, the Department of Education is examining how it can advance equity in the programs it administers. OSEP is seeking feedback from stakeholders through October 31, 2022 and welcomes your input. You can find all information about this opportunity here

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New Guidance to Avoid Discriminatory Use of Discipline

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.

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Available Now: The EdFacts Information Collection Package

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

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OSEP Releases New Policy Letters and Q&A Document

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).

 

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New OSEP Fast Facts: Students with Disabilities who are English Language Learners (ELs) Served under IDEA Part B

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.

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OSEP Updates IDEA Section 618 Data Products Website With New Data and More

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.

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A New Home for IDEA Section 618 Data

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. 

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