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Planning, Conducting, and Documenting Data Analysis for Program Improvement

DaSy's new guide Planning, Conducting, and Documenting Data Analysis for Program Improvement was developed to help technical assistance (TA) providers and state staff define and limit the scope of data analysis for program improvement efforts, including the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP). The tool was designed to help states in developing a plan for data analysis, documenting alternative hypotheses and additional analyses as they are generated, summarizing findings, and documenting results. Find the document on our DaSy Products Page.

Early Learning is One of Six Priorities in New SLDS Competition

Last week, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) invited State Educational Agencies to apply for new grants to design, develop, and implement Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) to accurately manage, analyze, disaggregate, and use individual student data. This competition focuses on enhancing States' capacity to use longitudinal data systems to identify problems and drive improvement efforts. States may apply for funds to address up to two of six data use priorities, including Early Learning. Applications are due June 10, 2015. For more information, see the Federal Register entry.

New book on Early Childhood Data Governance

A new book from Teachers College Press features a chapter by DaSy staff members Missy Cochenour and Kathleen Hebbeler. Their chapter, "Early Childhood Data Governance: A Prerequisite for Answering Important Policy Questions" appears in Early Childhood Governance: Choices and Consequences. The book examines successful approaches to early childhood governance, and is described as "an honest review of the governance issues facing ECE today and into the future." It's available from Teachers College Press.

OSEP Launches New Website to Publicly Report 618 Data

OSEP's new website to publicly report the IDEA Section 618 data hosts IDEA Section 618 data files, data documentation files with information about the data elements and format of the data files, data notes associated with the IDEA Section 618 data files, and links to other sites that provide data and information on children with disabilities. OSEP is also releasing 10 new data files that provide counts associated with the 2012-13 data collections.

Common Education Data Standards Version 5 Released

CEDS is a national collaborative effort to develop voluntary, common data standards for a key set of education data elements to enable more consistent and comparable data. The newly released Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Version 5 spans P-20W (early learning through workforce) and includes new and updated early learning elements.

New SSIP Topical Page on ECTA Website

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center's new State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) topical page highlights information and relevant links from Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) about the SSIP Phase I process, SSIP-related webinars from ECTA Center and other TA partners, and information on joining Communities of Practice focusing on this important work.

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.

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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.