FamiliesThe Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) support families and districts to develop partnerships. Parents are equal partners in all steps of the IEP process. Family engagement is essential for improving outcomes for young children with disabilities. ECSE staff collaborates with several internal and external partners to provide resources for the development of parent and community involvement in education. The following links can be useful to assist families and schools build partnerships.
Early Childhood TransitionsThe Department collects data and reports to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) on the implementation of the IEP by 3 years of age for children who have been found eligible for special education and who have been referred from an Early Intervention (EI) program.
Transition to Preschool or Kindergarten is an exciting and challenging time for young children and their families. Resources in early childhood transition and knowledge of best practices will make the transition easier and ensure positive outcomes for children.
Early InterventionEarly Intervention, in the Department of Public Health, provides family-centered services to help children who qualify to develop the skills they will need to continue to grow into happy and healthy members of the community
Best Practices in Early Childhood Transition — A Guide for Families This guide is the result of a collaborative effort between the Departments of Early Education and Care, Public Health, and Elementary and Secondary Education.
Child OutcomesMassachusetts collects and reports data on outcomes for young children three to five years old with disabilities in three federally required focus areas. These areas are:
To collect this data Massachusetts uses the Child Outcomes Summary Process (COS Process). The COS process is a team process for summarizing information related to a child's progress on each of the three child outcome areas. This valuable information can be used to inform instruction at the individual, classroom, and school level as well as help develop more functional IEP goals for young children.
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) This section of the ECTA Center website provides child and family outcomes measurement tools and references for state and local administrators, technical assistance providers, teachers, other direct service providers, and families.
The Child Outcomes Summary Process and FormInstructions on how to use the Child Outcomes Summary Form including: basic directions for filling out the form, definitions of the outcomes ratings, and scoring methods and considerations.
The Decision TreeThe decision tree is as a tool for training in the use of the COS Form. The tree is a series of questions about the extent to which a child exhibits age-appropriate skills and behaviors in each outcome area. Responses guide the user to a specific rating category on the 7-point scale.
District User Guide for Indicator 7 Data Submission
School User Guide for Indicator 7 Data Submission
Indicator 7 Data Collection Webinar Resources — Recorded Webinar and PowerPoint
Professional Development Resources for the Child Outcomes Summary ProcessResources provided by the ECTA Center to assist learners to understand the current requirements and the historical roots of federal accountability, the various purposes and uses of outcomes measurement, and an in-depth description of the three child outcomes and the functional nature of the outcomes.
Last Updated: January 13, 2023
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