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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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The Assessment Data Landscape: A Bird’s Eye View of Indicator 3

With the introduction of a new measurement table and significant changes to the reporting of assessment data for children with IEPs, the FFY 2020 SPP/APR submission marked a seminal year for assessment data. In this interactive discussion and debrief of states’ Indicator 3 submissions from the FFY 2020–2025 SPP/APR 6-year cycle, we’ll get a bird’s eye view of it all.

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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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A Date with Data, Episode 7: Wander Indiana

In this episode, host Amy Bitterman sits down with Brandon Myers, Part B Data Manager with the Indiana Department of Education. Listen in as they discuss Brandon’s work as a data-quality influencer: collecting, organizing, monitoring, and communicating information about data. Brandon also shares how he ensures that schools and stakeholders understand how the data they are required to report get used. Join us in the Hoosier state, won’t you?

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The New EDFacts Collection Package: Where to Begin

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. 

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Building Your SPP/APR Stakeholder Engagement Plan: 10 Essential Questions

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.

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New Resource To Identify And Address SSIP Data Quality Issues

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.

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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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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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OSERS Published the 43rd Annual Report to Congress on IDEA

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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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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