Early Childhood Outcomes: Early ACCESS and Early Childhood Special Education Presented by: Dee Gethmann Iowa Department of Education October 2006 Dee.Gethmann@iowa.gov 515-281-5502
Iowa’s Early Childhood OutcomesPurpose: • Develop and Implement a Statewide Accountability System to Measure Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers in Early ACCESS and Preschoolers in Early Childhood Special Education
The Essential Question • Are students with disabilities entering school ready to learn at high levels?
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes:Target Population • Early ACCESS • Infants and Toddlers • All infants and toddlers that have an IFSP • Include children when transitioning at the age of 3 • Early Childhood Special Education • Preschoolers • All preschool children that have an IEP • Include children when transitioning from ECSE services to kindergarten • Include children receiving ECSE services and Kindergarten services (Part-Time/Part Time) • Do NOT include children that begin receiving special education services in kindergarten
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes:Descriptions of ECO Areas ECO Areas Represent Critical Skills that: • Promote positive outcomes for young children • Support active and successful participation in everyday activities and routines, now and in the future • Integrate all areas of development • Prepare children to enter school ready to learn at high levels (The Essential Question) Refer to: • Alignment of ECO, IFSP Outcome/IEP Goal Codes and Iowa Early Learning Standards, February 2006, Iowa Dept. of Education
Iowa’s Early Childhood OutcomesHow will data be summarized? • All IFSP and IEP Teams will reach consensus on the results reported on the: • Early Childhood Outcomes Summary Form • February 2006 – June 30, 2006: ECO Summary form dated January 2006 • Beginning July 1, 2006: ECO Summary form dated October 2006
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes: ECO Summary FormOctober 2006 • Comparison to peers or standards: • To what extent does this child show age-appropriate functioning in the area of positive social-emotional skills across a variety of settings and situations
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes: ECO Summary Form Comparison to peers or standards • 7-Point Rating Scale • Rating is based on: • Current level of functioning demonstrated across a range of situations and settings that make up the child’s day • Typical functioning, not his/her capacity to function under ideal circumstances • Functioning using assistive technology or special accommodations • Skills and behaviors compared to age appropriate expectations based on child development research
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes: ECO Summary Form Comparison to peers or standards • Rating is NOT based on: • A single behavior or skill • Discrete behaviors • Demonstration of skills under ideal circumstances that not does not reflect everyday situations or settings
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes: ECO Summary Form • Progress: • Has the child shown any new skills or behaviors related to positive social-emotional skills since the last IEP meeting?
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes: ECO Summary Form • Child’s Progress is based on any of the following: • Acquisition of a new skill or behavior since the last IFSP or IEP meeting • More independently demonstrates mastery of a skill or behavior • Progress made toward achieving IFSP Outcomes or IEP Goals • Improve skills and behaviors to a level nearer to age-appropriate functioning
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes: ECO Summary Form • Supporting Evidence for Outcome Rating and Progress in Positive Social-Emotional Skills • Information gathered from various procedures and multiple sources of data • RIOT • Progress monitoring data • IFSP and IEP Results data • Age appropriate expectations • Other relevant information regarding child’s functioning across a variety of settings and everyday situations
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes: ECO Summary Form • Completing the ECO Summary form • Complete for each ECO area, despite services receiving or areas of concern • Initial IFSP or IEP meeting for infants, toddlers or preschool children • Annually as a part of the IFSP or IEP meeting, • Complete ECO Summary form until the child no longer receives Early ACCESS or ECSE services • MUST complete when child leaves services (i.e. exits services, transitions at age 3 or into kindergarten)
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes: Timelines Beginning February 1, 2006 • Initial IFSP or IEP Meetings • Comparison to Peers or Standard Beginning July 1, 2006 • Annual IFSP and IEP Meetings; Exit Meetings, and Re-evaluation IEP Meetings • Comparison to Peers or Standard • Progress • Supporting Evidence * SPP – Baseline and Targets will be based on these data!
Iowa’s Early Childhood Outcomes: Timelines • IFSP and IEP Meetings held between July 1 to November 10, 2006 – • Teams have until Friday, December 1 to complete the new ECO Summary form • Beginning November 10, 2006 – • Teams complete the new ECO Summary form at the time of the IFSP and IEP Meetings
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