Special Education

Indicator 7 Training Material

The Special Education Planning and Policy Office (SEPP) has developed new resources to support districts responsible for participating in SPP/APR reporting requirements for Indicator 7: Measuring Preschool Outcomes data collection. This indicator is one of three early childhood indicators included in the special education State Performance Plan (SPP)/Annual Performance Report (APR). For your reference, a copy of the most recent Massachusetts SPP/APR from FFY2014 is available.

Additional information about a district's assigned cohort, including when they participate in Indicator 7 data collection activities, can be found on our website.

About Indicator 7:

Indicator 7, measures the percent of preschool children, aged three through five, who demonstrate improved abilities in three areas:

  • Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships);
  • Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication and early literacy); and
  • Use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs.

The Department has also developed a Frequently Asked Questions resource on Indicator 7.

SEPP has provided training resources to support Indicator 7 data collection. It is recommended that individuals participating in this data collection activity review available resources below.

For additional information about Indicator 7 data collection using the Child Outcomes Summary Process please review the following online modules from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.

For districts participating in data collection this school year, additional information on the reporting requirements, including how to complete the data collection SmartForm, is available in this PowerPoint with speaker notes:

Last Updated: April 7, 2017

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