Child Outcomes Summary Process/COSF

Developmental Trajectories: Getting to Progress Categories from COS Ratings

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2014
Abstract: 

This presentation provides an overview of how the ratings on the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) form translate to the OSEP progress categories and summary statements, using visual depictions of developmental trajectories between entry and exit. 

COSF Training Unit 4: Data Analysis

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO staff

Year: 
2009

COSF Training Unit 3: Quality Assurance

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO staff

Year: 
2009

COSF Training Unit 2: COSF Refresher

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO staff

Year: 
2009

COSF Refresher Training: Delaware

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO staff

Year: 
2010
Abstract: 

ECO staff conducted a one-day 'COSF refresher' training with Part C and 619 (preschool) staff in Delaware on March 10, 2010. Topics included the history and background of the child outcomes measurement requirement, understanding the 7-point COSF scale, immediate foundational skills, and recommended practices for the COSF process. 

COS Process Quality Assurance Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

This training provides guidance for checking the quality of the COS process. For intermediate or advanced learners, particularly those who supervise COS users or are otherwise responsible for assuring the quality of COS data. Learners will:

  • Understand key considerations related to accurately completing the COS process and form
  • Understand how to evaluate a team discussion for quality
  • Understand how to evaluate completed child outcomes summary forms for accuracy

Trainer and participant materials are listed on the webpage.

Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Refresher Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Background on federal and state requirements; review of COS process. This training re-visits the reasons for collecting outcomes data, the three child outcomes, assessment, and the use of the COS form. For intermediate or advanced learners who need a general 'refresher.' Learners will:

  • understand the current requirements and the historical roots of federal accountability
  • understand the various purposes and uses of outcomes measurement
  • understand the content of the three child outcomes
  • differentiate among the three child outcomes
  • differentiate between the 7 points on the rating scale
  • differentiate among age-appropriate, immediate foundational, and foundational skills and behaviors

Trainer and participant materials are listed on the webpage.

Decision Tree

Type: 
ECO Tools
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff 

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

The decision tree is a series of questions about the extent to which a child exhibits age-appropriate skills and behaviors in each outcome area. Responses guide the user to a specific rating category on the 7-point scale.Two version are available; the decision tree without numbers was developed for programs wishing to de-emphasize the numbers on the scale, particularly when families are directly involved in the team discussion that describes their child's level of functioning. http://projects.fpg.unc.edu/~eco/pages/outcomes.cfm#COSFormandInstructions

Progress developing the Kansas Early Childhood Special Education Accountability System: Initial findings using the ECO Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF)

Type: 
Paper/Report
Author/Presenter: 

Greenwood, C. R., Walker, D., Hornback, M., Nelson, C., Hebbeler, K., & Spiker, D. (2007). Progress developing the Kansas Early Childhood Special Education Accountability System: Initial findings using the ECO Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF). Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 27 (1), 2-18.

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Policy decision makers, early educators, and early interventionists face numerous challenges as they develop and implement statewide accountability systems to evaluate and improve children's early intervention and early childhood special education outcomes. Kansas was an early adopter of the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) developed by the Early Childhood Outcomes Center; this article describes the Kansas experience and discusses preliminary findings and implications.

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