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New ECIDS/SLDS Workgroup for States

A new State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) workgroup is forming around the Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS) Toolkit and its components of "Purpose and Vision” and “Planning and Management". While anyone is welcome to join this workgroup, it is geared toward states in the beginning stages of ECIDS/SLDS development. To participate, contact Lauren Wise by September 19, 2014.

The DaSy Framework for IDEA Data Systems

The DaSy Center is excited to announce the release of the DaSy Framework for IDEA Data Systems. Over the past year, DaSy has worked closely with seven partner states to develop a framework that identifies the key components and quality indicators of an effective Part C and Section 619 data system. The DaSy framework provides a guiding structure for our TA and is a resource for states to consider and assess key aspects of their data system and plan for coordination across systems.

New Topical Resource Page on Data Privacy & Confidentiality

Our new Data Privacy and Confidentiality page offers resources to support policy and practices regarding the privacy and confidentiality of early childhood data. The page includes resources from the Department of Education, including FERPA & IDEA regulations and guidance, memos, and policy letters, and resources from ED-funded technical assistance centers on topics such as data sharing, data security & access, and data governance.

OSEP GRADS360° Site Now Live

On its new OSEP GRADS360° site, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) offers SPP/APR resources, other OSEP publications and tools, and an events calendar with important dates to remember. GRADS360° will also be the platform for States to submit the IDEA Part B and Part C State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) electronically in late 2014.

Announcing the 2014 Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS) Toolkit!

The SLDS State Support Team is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS) Toolkit! The revised Toolkit is comprised of a Self-Assessment and a Guide for states to consider as they develop their ECIDS. It also includes easy access to related resources and state examples. The SLDS Early Childhood Integrated Data System Toolkit was designed for use by any state regardless of where it is in the process of developing an ECIDS. The Toolkit has seven components: (1) Purpose and Vision, (2) Planning and Management, (3) Stakeholder Engagement, (4) Data Governance, (5) System Design, (6) Data Use, and (7) Sustainability.

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.

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.

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.

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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.