Training Resource

COS Process Online Module: Collecting & Using Data to Improve Programs

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 
Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center Staff and The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) staff
Year: 
2015
Abstract: 
This online learning module from ECTA Center and DaSy provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. Over the course of multiple sessions, participants will learn about:
  • why child outcomes data are collected;
  • the key features of the COS process;
  • the essential knowledge needed to complete the COS process;
  • how the three child outcomes are measured through the process;
  • how to identify accurate COS ratings using a team-based process;
  • the importance of comparing children’s current functional performance to age-expected functioning;
  • when and how to measure progress in the three child outcome areas; and
  • how to document ratings and evidence to support those ratings in COS documentation.
Sessions currently available include:
  • Session 1: So What's This All About?
  • Session 2: Overview of the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process
  • Session 3: Essential Knowledge for Completing the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process
  • Session 4: The 7-Point Scale
  • Session 5: Determining a Rating
  • Session 6: Good Teaming, Good Decisions
  • Session 7: Documenting the COS Rating
  • First posted May, 2015. Updated as new sessions completed.

COS Form Quality Review Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Small groups review completed documentation for the COS process and identify possible errors. Large group debrief of possible errors identified in the sample documentation. Examples of documentation are available for infant-toddler or preschool age children.

Quality Review of Family Participation Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Trainer describes the importance of family participation in the COS team discussion. Then, participants watch a video clip of a COS team and review the quality family participation based on the questions on the worksheet.

Quality Review of COS Team Discussion Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Trainer describes indicators of a quality COS team discussion. Then, participants watch a video clip of a COS team and review the quality of that team discussion.

Determining Factors that Influence Data Quality Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Small groups discuss factors related to improving quality.

Small Group COS Practice Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Participants work in small groups. One individual in the group shares information about a child with whom s/he works. The group discusses the child's functioning in the three outcome areas and together they decide on COS ratings.

Written Child Example- Ava at 40 Months Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Small groups read a child example, discuss assessment information, and decide on COS ratings. Debrief as a large group, discussing the ratings and rationale, including the suggested ratings and rationale from the ECO center, and team process.

(some materials revised 2012)

Demonstration of COS Team Discussion Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

The trainer guides this large group activity, in which a participant or group of participants share information about a child's skills and behaviors related to each of the three outcome areas. With trainer facilitation, the large group determines an appropriate rating using the Child Outcome Summary 7-point scale and the Decision Tree. In preparation for this activity participants are asked to bring assessment information about a child to present to the large group.

Review of Crosswalks Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Trainer describes the purpose of the crosswalks and then reviews one or more commonly used assessment tool(s).

Implementation Issues Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Abstract: 

Small groups discuss the issues they have encountered while implementing the COS. Debrief as a large group, sharing implementation issues and possible strategies for addressing issues.

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