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FERPA/IDEA Cross-Walk Guide

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) are pleased to announce the release of their latest document; the IDEA and FERPA Confidentiality Provisions crosswalk. This document is a side-by-side comparison of the primary legal provisions and definitions in IDEA Part B, IDEA Part C and FERPA that relate to the requirement to protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information of students and children served under the IDEA. Access the cross-walk guide.

ECIDS Webinar on System Design Now Available

The "Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems – System Design – The Basics 101" webinar held on May 28, 2014 explored different approaches to building early childhood integrated data systems (ECIDS) and considerations when undertaking ECIDS projects. The PowerPoint presentation and webinar recording are now available on the SLDS site.

View DaSy's Year 2 Cross-State Technical Assistance (TA) Plan

DaSy is excited to let you know about the cross-state TA activities and products we will be developing and offering this year. See our Year 2 Cross-State TA Plan for more details on planned webinars, resource documents, online modules and more. To learn more about Technical Assistance (TA) at the DaSy Center visit our new TA page.

Department Releases New Guidance on the Uninterrupted Scholar's Act (USA)

In January 2013, Congress passed the "Uninterrupted Scholars Act (USA)" which amended the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to permit educational agencies and institutions to disclose education records of students in foster care to State and county social service agencies or child welfare agencies. The statute also amended the requirement that educational agencies and institutions notify parents before complying with judicial orders and subpoenas in certain situations. View the new guidance.

Registration Now Open!

Join us September 8-10, 2014 in New Orleans, LA for the Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Early Childhood National Conference hosted by DaSy, ECTA, and IDC. The conference will be our second national meeting on improving IDEA data systems, data quality, and outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. Register Now or visit the conference website for more details.

2014 Early Childhood Privacy and Confidentiality Workshop

The 2014 Early Childhood Privacy and Confidentiality Workshop hosted by PTAC, SLDS, and DaSy took place on April 16th in San Diego, CA. Five state teams (CT, DE, KY, NM, VI) participated in the workshop, which focused on the implications of FERPA & HIPAA for Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems. Partiscipants developed data sharing agreements and learned how to engage external data users, such as parents, policymakers, and others, around privacy. View the workshop presentation which includes all workshop sessions and links to additional resources.

OSEP Posts 2011-12 IDEA Data Files

OSEP has posted the majority of the 2011-12/ Fall 2012 IDEA Section 618 data files on The files can be exported and downloaded in a variety of formats using the "Export" button found on the page. OSEP is currently exploring opportunities to post static tables and displays, which will provide commonly used percentages associated with the IDEA Section 618 data. States will be informed on progress in creating and posting these static tables and displays. See 2011-12 IDEA Data Files that are posted.

DaSy Resource - IDEA Part C and Part B 619 State Data Systems: Current Status and Future Priorities

Read the DaSy Center’s new report on Part C and Part B 619 data systems. The report presents a comprehensive look at the status of Part C and 619 data systems, including what data states are collecting, what data have been linked, how states are using data, and priorities for the coming years with regard to data systems development and enhancement.

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About DaSy

The DaSy Center is a national technical assistance (TA) center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

DaSy works with states to support IDEA early intervention and early childhood special education state programs in the development or enhancement of coordinated early childhood longitudinal data systems.

Read more about the Center by downloading our flyer or visiting our Learn About DaSy page.