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New Guide on Fiscal Data for Part C Staff

Fiscal data provide powerful information for decision-making, program management, and policy-making. Our latest publication, Understanding and Using Fiscal Data: A Guide for Part C State Staff, can help state Part C lead agency staff better understand strategic fiscal policy questions, the fiscal data elements needed to address those questions, and the benefits of using these data. Access the guide through our DaSy Products Page. .

Learn about Effective Stakeholder Engagement

DaSy's new online professional development module helps Part C and Part B 619 staff understand ways to use stakeholder engagement effectively. Over the course of three self-paced online learning sessions, participants learn strategies to apply when participating as a stakeholder in statewide coordinated data system initiatives, as well as when leading stakeholders in their own data system initiatives. Access the module through our DaSy Products Page.

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.

WestEd Awarded the National Center for Systemic Improvement (CSI)

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a multiyear cooperate agreement to WestEd to launch and operate the new national Center for Systemic Improvement (CSI). CSI is tasked with helping states improve services and outcomes for children with disabilities. Read the full press release.

Explore 2014 Conference Resources

All presentations and handouts from the 2014 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference, hosted by the DaSy Center, along with ECTA and IDC, are now available on the conference website. You can also view conference resources specifically relating to DaSy on the 2014 Conference tab of the DaSy Products page. To explore this year's conference, find helpful resources, and see photos of session highlights check out the Conference Storify which compiles tweets that used the conference #ECIDEA14 hashtag.

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.

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.

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.