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  • Early Childhood IDEA Centers on Call

    The newly posted Early Childhood IDEA Centers on Call flyer was designed to help states better understand the content focus of the five Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) TA centers that respond to requests for technical assistance from state Part C & Part B 619 agencies. It includes examples of TA requests each center responds to, along with descriptions of each center. Remember, state staff can always contact their TA liaison at any center for help in determining which center should respond to a request.

  • Recommended Resources for Planning to Evaluate Program Improvement Efforts

    Produced in collaboration with ECTA and NCSI, our new publication Recommended Resources for Planning to Evaluate Program Improvement Efforts (including the SSIP) provides a list of recommended existing resources for state Part C and Part B 619 staff and technical assistance (TA) providers to utilize to support evaluation planning for program improvement efforts including the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP).

  • New Report on Use of SLDS Data

    A new publication from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), A Guide to Using State Longitudinal Data for Applied Research may be useful for state staff as background for interacting with researchers and may help state staff and researchers communicate across their two cultures. It highlights the opportunities and constraints that researchers may encounter in using state longitudinal data systems and offers approaches to addressing some common problems. While primarly addressing K-12 data system, the Guide notes that 43 states link early childhood education data to their K-12 data systems.

  • New Early Childhood Data Privacy page

    The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has developed a new webpage that offers selected resources (including DaSy publications) about privacy and data sharing with Early Childhood programs in mind. You can access PTAC’s Early Childhood Data Privacy page on their website or from DaSy’s Privacy and Confidentiality page under Resources from Ed-Funded Technical Assistance Centers.

  • New NCES Guide to Alternative SES Measures

    Looking for a more suitable measure of socioeconomic status (SES) than eligibility for free- and reduced-price meal programs? The National Center for Education Statistics has just released a useful guide to help policymakers, program staff, and data staff adopt new measures. The Forum Guide to Alternative Measures of Socioeconomic Status in Education Data Systems identifies the need for new measures; offers practical steps that agencies can take to adopt new measures; and describes eight alternative measures, including potential benefits, challenges, and limitations of each option.

  • New! Framework Self-Assessment Tool

    Our new Framework Self-Assessment is a companion to the ECTA System Framework and the DaSy Data System Framework. Developed by DaSy and ECTA, the self-assessment is an Excel-based tool that provides a structure for state Part C and Section 619/Preschool programs to record the current status of their state system and set priorities for improvement. You can access the Self Assessment Tool on the DaSy website or on the ECTA Center website. Be sure to download both the Guidance document and the Excel tool.

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