Data Collection

Assessment and Accountability for Programs Serving Young Children with Disabilities

Type: 
Paper/Report
Author/Presenter: 

Hebbeler, K., Barton, L.R., & Mallik, S. (2008). Assessment and accountability for programs serving young children with disabilities. Exceptionality, 16, 48-63.

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

This article reviews issues related to the use of assessments in providing outcome data, discusses challenges in conducting valid assessments with young children for accountability purposes, and outlines decisions states must make related to assessment as they design and implement outcome measurement approaches. Considerations related to the use of standardized or curriculum-based measures are discussed, along with other choices related to the use of assessment for accountability.

Issues and Strategies for Measuring Outcomes for Children with Speech-Only Eligibility

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Larry Edelman (JFK Partners CO), Jim Lesko (DE 619), Sharon Ringwalt (NECTAC), and Patricia Salcedo (CA 619(

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference. Two states shared their experiences as they faced issues around collecting and reporting child outcomes data for children with "Speech- Only" eligibility.

Identifying and Promoting Family Outcomes at the Local Level

Type: 
Conference Session
Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2008 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

In this session, presenters representing three states (Illinois, Texas, and New York) shared different ways in which constructs and instruments developed to meet the OSEP reporting requirements on family outcomes can be used for program improvement at the local level.

Got Data? A Workshop on Early Childhood Outcomes

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler, ECO at SRI International; Robin Rooney, ECO at FPG/UNC; and Christina Kasprzak, ECO at FPG/UNC

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Held in Edwardsville, IL and Chicago, IL. This two-day training provided a review of child outcomes measurement and data collection using the COSF. The training also introduced strategies for assuring the quality of COSF data and ways to analyze and use outcome data for program improvement.

Fitting a Circle into a Square Space: Finding Alignment between Assessment Measures, State Guidelines, and Outcomes

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Jim Lesko (DE 619)

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2008 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference. 

A combination presentation-working discussion session focused on aligning state early learning guidelines and assessment measures with OSEP outcomes. Bringing these elements into alignment strengthens intervention/assessment practices and can support efforts to better manage the overall process. Participants explored how one state brought these three elements into alignment. Participants worked through a hands-on activity to understand the alignment process and come away with a usable framework.

Evaluation 2007: Evaluation and Learning

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler, ECO at SRI International; Christina Kasprzak and Lynne Kahn, ECO at FPG/UNC

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 American Evaluation Association (AEA) Annual Conference. Provided the history behind the child and family outcome requirements, illustrated state trends in approaches to measuring child and family outcomes for OSEP reporting, and presented how child and family outcome data can be used for program improvement at the state, regional, and child level. Benefits, challenges, and next steps were discussed.

Creating a Culture of Using Data at the Local Level

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Erin Kinavey

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

In this session, Alaska Part C described their use of statewide analysis of patterns in their child outcomes data collected using the Child Outcomes Summary Form. They also described the process of building the capacity of their local programs to understand and use data.

Considerations for Using Family Surveys with Spanish-Speaking Families

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Don Bailey (ECO at RTI International), and Georgina McAvinchey and Murrey Olmstead (RTI International)

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

This presentation summarized lessons learned from the cognitive interviews with 40 Spanish-speaking families and provided a forum for discussing ways to maximize valid participation in state surveys by families whose primary language is not English.

Child Functioning in Routines as Information for Child Outcomes Reporting

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Robin McWilliam and Naomi Younggren

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

To help make the data going into child outcomes reporting meaningful, teams should consider the child's functional participation in everyday routines. The Measure of Engagement, Independence, and Social Relationships in Routines (MEISR) is a tool for rating functional behaviors commonly seen in the home routines of infants and toddlers. Family members complete the scale with items cross-referenced by the three federal child outcomes as well as the five domains required for the IFSP. The MEISR can also be used to age anchor children's functional skills discovered through authentic assessment. Whether used as a quantitative source of data or in a qualitative way to discuss OSEP outcomes, the MEISR could help ensure that outcomes reporting is related to meaningful participation.

California's Approach to Supporting High Quality Data

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Larry Edelman, Anne Kuschner, Steve Lohrer, Mary McLean, Patty Salcedo, and Cornelia Taylor Bruckner

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

This session described and illustrated activities put in place by California's Desired Results system to support practicioners and administrators to maintain the highest possible quality of data for the DRDP Assessment System for preschool special education. The session addressed a number of dimensions of quality, including fidelity, agreement, completeness, reliability, validity, and utility.

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