Quality Assurance

Identifying Meaningful Differences between State and Local Summary Statement Values

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Cornelia Taylor (DaSy, ECO), Mary Beth LaSalle (NH TA Consultant), Ruth Littlefield (NH 619 Coordinator), Iandia Morgan (NV Part C), Marcia Boswell-Carney (KS Program Analyst)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. States compute two summary statements for their child outcomes data. The use of a confidence interval around these summary statements allows the state to rule out differences between the program and the state that are not statistically significant. In this session, a tool for computing these confidence intervals was presented. Three states described their use of confidence intervals for comparing state and local summary statement data.

Investing in High Quality Early Learning Opportunities for ALL Children

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Libby Doggett (Office of Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education), Michael Yudin (OSEP), Christina Kasprzak (ECTA, DaSy, EC

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference.

Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Michael Yudin, discussed OSEP's early childhood investments and the integration of IDEA Part C/619 throughout the Administration's vision to strengthen state efforts to raise the bar across early learning programs and to close the school readiness gap for all young children with disabilities.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, Libby Doggett, discussed the President's proposed Preschool for All, a new Early Head Start-child care initiative, and significant increases in funding for home visiting.

Co-Director of the ECTA Center and staff on the ECO Center, Christina Kasprzak, presented the national picture of Part C and Section 619 programs' 2011-12 child and family outcomes data and discuss trends over the last several years related to the quality of state data and the progress children are making while in early intervention and preschool special education.

All presenters discussed the important role data and accountability will play in maintaining and growing these important investments in early learning programs to improve outcomes for all infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children.

Incorporating IDEA Birth-Five in QRIS Systms: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Shelley deFosset (ELCTA), Verna Thompson (DE 619 Coordinator), Andy Gomm (NM Part C Coordinator)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. This session provided background information about TQRIS and an overview of key points for consideration when developing quality indicators and strategies for Part B 619 and Part C services, including home visiting programs in state QRIS systems. Additionally, the session featured panelists from Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge states who are working on different approaches for integrating and measuring these standards.

Strategic Planning for Long-Term Implementation of the Routines-Based Early Intervention Model

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Jan Thelen (NE 619 Coordinator), Robin McWilliam (Siskin Center for Child and Family Research), Cindy Brown (ME Part C & 619 Coordinator), Wendy Studt (MT Part C Coordinator)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. Improving services cannot happen overnight. Some states are following the stages defined in implementation science: exploration, installation, initial implementation, full implementation. This session discussed how a multi-component model is implemented in stages, by component. The Routines-Based Early Intervention model includes practices for intake, needs assessment, IFSP outcome writing, organizing services, home visits, and consultation to child care. Key players from Maine, Montana, and Nebraska, along with the "purveyor" of this model illustrated this process.

Preparing the Next Generation of Professionals to Use Child Outcomes Data to Improve Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathleen Hebbeler and Lynne Kahn

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

In this presentation, ECO staff talk about the three OSEP child outcomes, progress categories and summary statements; approaches to measuring the outcomes; data quality; and pre-service and in-service preparation.

Improving the Quality of Child Outcomes Data

Type: 
Webinar
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler, ECO at SRI International; Lisa Backer, MN Part C Data Manager/ Section 619 Coordinator; and Christina Kasprzak, ECO at FPG/UNC.

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Conference call hosted by ECO/ NECTAC. This call focused on using data analysis as a strategy for improving the quality of state data. Examples focus on looking for patterns in the data and evaluating potential data quality issues. 

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.

Using COSF Implementation Surveys to Identify Improvement Activities

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Lisa Backer (MN 619) and Kim Carlson (OH 619)

Year: 
2010
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2010 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Surveys of providers and administrators can help States identify issues that may influence data quality and plan technical assistance and training activities. Examples from Minnesota and Ohio were presented, including content and methodology of their surveys, key findings, and how they utilized results to develop improvement activities.

Training Strategies and Resources for States Using the Child Outcomes Summary Form

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Mary Anketell and Deb Daulton (PA Birth-5 TA), Chelsea Guillen (IL Part C), Saundra Harrington (VA Part C), and Mary Peters (WI 619)

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Presenters described their state's efforts to train providers in the use of the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF). The discussion addressed the content and format of the training, how they are "rolling it out" statewide, issues they have faced, and lessons learned.

Promoting Early Childhood Outcomes through a Systems Focus on Quality

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Valerie Andrews James (AZ 619), Dee Gethmann (IA Birth-5), and Mark Nagasawa (AZ 619)

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2008 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Two states shared their respective efforts to support program quality in order to enhance early childhood outcomes. The presentations were intended to stimulate group dialogue about strategies states are using and collaborative problem-solving around questions of where early childhood outcomes efforts sit in relation to other EC initiatives, what constitutes program quality, and what is being done to evaluate quality in relation to child outcomes.

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