Working Principles of High-Quality IDEA Data

High-quality data are timely, accurate, and complete. In addition, they are usable, accessible, and secure. Educators and representatives at the local, state, and federal levels use high-quality early intervention and special education data to inform their decisions as they work to meet the needs of children and students with disabilities and their families.

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Data are current per a specific period of time.
Data are reliable - they are consistent across time, methods, and locations. Data are valid - they represent what they intend to measure.
Data represent the expected population (e.g., at the national, state, or local levels) and subgroups (e.g., race/ethnicity).
Decisionmakers can use the data to support sound management, strong governance, and dedication to improving results for children and youth with disabilities and their families.
Data are readily available in formats that are understandable, user friendly, and practical.
Agencies collect and store data with due consideration to maintaining confidentiality and with electronic and physical protections consistent with the sensitivity of the data.