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1 1 Early Childhood Outcomes: Early ACCESS and Early Childhood Special Education Presented by: Dee Gethmann Iowa Department of Education October

2 2 Iowas Early Childhood Outcomes Purpose: Develop and Implement a Statewide Accountability System to Measure Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers in Early ACCESS and Preschoolers in Early Childhood Special Education

3 3 The Essential Question Are students with disabilities entering school ready to learn at high levels?

4 4 Iowas 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

5 5 Iowas 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

6 6 Iowas Early Childhood Outcomes How 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

7 7 Iowas Early Childhood Outcomes: ECO Summary Form October 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

8 8 Iowas 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 childs 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

9 9 Iowas 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

10 10 Iowas 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?

11 11 Iowas Early Childhood Outcomes: ECO Summary Form Childs 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

12 12 Iowas 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 childs functioning across a variety of settings and everyday situations

13 13 Iowas 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)

14 14 Iowas Early Childhood Outcomes: Timelines Beginning February 1, 2006 Initial IFSP or IEP Meetings a. Comparison to Peers or Standard Beginning July 1, 2006 Annual IFSP and IEP Meetings; Exit Meetings, and Re-evaluation IEP Meetings a. Comparison to Peers or Standard b. Progress c. Supporting Evidence * SPP – Baseline and Targets will be based on these data!

15 15 Iowas 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

16 16 AEA 10 Administrator Responsibilities Decide which LEA/AEA staff need to receive this information. Decide how you will share this information. Please try to complete trainings before Thanksgiving Break.

17 17 What questions or comments do you have about ECO?

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