IDEA Data Center Part B Data System Framework
The IDEA Data Center Part B Data System Framework is an overarching structure designed to support SEA staff responsible for working with and responding to IDEA Part B requirements related to the collection, analysis, use, and reporting of high-quality special education data. The framework contains broad concepts and principles that states can tailor to reflect their individual needs and approaches. The IDEA Data Center Part B Data System Framework is designed to complement the DaSy Data System Framework that helps Part C and Section 619 programs develop and enhance high-quality data systems and improve the quality of their IDEA data. The IDC and DaSy frameworks overlap, particularly in relationship to 619 data. The two frameworks are built around six components that capture major types of activities that support and promote quality data systems: Purpose and Vision, Data Governance and Management, Stakeholder Engagement, IT System Design and Development, Data Use, and Sustainability. The IDC framework adds a seventh component–Data Integration–to capture activities SEAs will undertake to integrate their IDEA data with their SLDS. Within the seven components, the Part B framework identifies indicators that contain various elements of data quality.
The High-Quality Part B Data System graphic is available to download as part of the framework's included files. The graphic is a companion to the framework and provides a condensed schematic, emphasizing the dynamic nature of the data system. Thus, the graphic shows the seven components of the framework and the important ways the components relate to each other.
The IDEA Data Center Part B Data System Framework with Guiding Questions is an extension of IDC's Part B Data System Framework. IDC developed the guiding questions to prompt state teams to assess and consider the policies, procedures, processes, and practices needed for a high-quality Part B data system.
In addition, CIID developed the Part B Data System Framework Self-Assessment as a companion to the framework. The self-assessment features all seven components of the framework and is designed to help SEA staff determine where they are with regard to the collection, analysis, use, and reporting of Part B IDEA data in their state. Completing the self-assessment before beginning data integration work can serve as a data point for interim and post-completion measures of growth in SEA capacity.
What is the relationship between the IDEA Data Center Part B Data System Framework and the DaSy Data System Framework?
The IDEA Data Center Part B Data System Framework was developed after the DaSy Data System Framework and was built on the concepts and contents of the DaSy framework. The DaSy framework was designed to support the development of high-quality data systems for Part C and 619 state programs. The IDC framework is a modification of the DaSy framework and was designed for state-level staff responsible for working with and responding to Part B requirements (including 619). Much of the contents of the two frameworks is identical.
Should staff focused on 619 use the DaSy framework or the IDC Part B framework?
Because the 619 data are part of the Part B data system, staff could use either framework when focused on 619 data systems. The DaSy framework was designed to address issues unique to early childhood, and the quality elements and indicators in the DaSy framework are more aligned with data system issues that early childhood programs face. The IDC framework was designed to address the full scope of Part B data, and the quality elements and indicators in the IDC framework are more aligned with data system issues from a unified Part B perspective. State staff should engage their DaSy and IDC state liaisons to discuss the most appropriate framework for their specific context.