The Latest DaSy News
Department Releases New Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy
The U.S. Department of Education's Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) released new guidance to help school systems and educators interpret and understand the major laws and best practices protecting student privacy while using online educational services. The guidance summarizes the major requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) that relate to these educational services, and urges schools and districts to go beyond compliance to follow best practices for outsourcing school functions using online educational services, including computer software, mobile applications and web-based tools. View the new guidance.
New RTT-ELC TA Website
The Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance (ELC TA) Program has launched a new website that is available for both grantee and non-grantee states. ELC TA provides and facilitates responsive, timely, and high-quality TA that supports each Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grantee’s successful implementation of its RTT-ELC projects. Check the website for RTT-ELC resources, news, and communities of practice.
Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Version 4 Now Available
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released Version 4 of Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). CEDS is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of education data elements to streamline the exchange, comparison, and understanding of data within and across P-20W institutions and sectors. CEDS Version 4 includes a broad scope of elements spanning much of the P-20W spectrum and provides greater context for understanding the standards' interrelationships and practical utility. Along with Version 4, new resources and tutorials are available. Version 4 of CEDS can be found at theCEDS website.
IDEA Data Center Website Launched
The IDEA Data Center (IDC) launched its website at www.ideadata.org. The website provides information about IDC and how to contact the center. IDC is an OSEP funded technical assistance center focused on assisting states to improve the quality of their IDEA data. Public data about children and youth with disabilities served under IDEA - Part B and Part C, and materials and documents previously posted at ideadata.org, are still accessible through the new website.
OSEP Posts 2011-12 IDEA Data Files
OSEP has posted the majority of the 2011-12/ Fall 2012 IDEA Section 618 data files on www.data.gov. 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.
State of the States IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems Interactive Map
The DaSy Center is pleased to announce the launch of our new State of the States webpage, a series of interactive maps presenting national and state-by-state information on ten features of IDEA Part C Early Intervention and IDEA Part B 619 Preschool Special Education Data Systems. The data presented are based on information collected by the DaSy Center in the summer of 2013. Further details on the information collected and the ten features are available in the full report, IDEA Part C and Part B 619 State Data Systems: Current Status and Future Priorities.
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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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.