Format: Quick ReferenceResponse Rate, Representativeness, and Nonresponse Bias—They All Matter!
Response rate and representativeness are important terms in survey work. Consideration of both is necessary to ensure that collected data are valid and generalizable. This resource briefly defines and compares the terms while also explaining how they relate to nonresponse bias.
Format: ToolkitsSEA Data Processes Toolkit
Using the SEA IDEA Data Processes Toolkit to document data processes for all 616 and 618 data collections will establish a well-managed process for data collection, validation, and submission. In collaboration with IDC State Liaisons, states can use the toolkit to create and maintain a culture of high-quality data and establish and support consistent practices that produce valid and reliable data, while building the capacity of state staff.
Format: ToolkitsLEA Data Processes Toolkit
There is a continuous need for state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) to collect and report comprehensive, high-quality data and ensure they report data accurately and in a timely fashion. The customizable IDC LEA Data Processes Toolkit is a new instrument that can improve decisionmaking about children and youth with disabilities by ensuring data are of high quality and processes are clearly defined and documented, while also providing data staff a map for documenting data processes within local districts.
Format: Quick ReferenceWorking Principles of High-Quality IDEA Data
Use this interactive PDF to learn more about the different components of high-quality data.
Format: ToolkitsWhy, What, Who, and HOW: Improving State Reporting of Local Performance
This toolkit provides an overview of the public reporting requirements in IDEA Section 616 and provides suggestions to present local performance in easy-to-understand formats. SEAs and Part C lead agencies (LAs) must report on the annual performance of their LEAs and early childhood local programs on the targets in the SPP. The toolkit includes the Section 616 legislation and provides information about the why, what, who, and how of state reporting of local performance data.
Format: TrainingsIncorporating Business Rules Into State Data Systems
The Incorporating Business Rules Into State Data Systems instructional video explores the different ways Part B and Part C state agencies can incorporate business rules into their IDEA state data collection and reporting systems.
Format: Guides and BriefsIDEA 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.