Category: Accountability

Draft 16-17 SPP/APR available for review

December 27, 2017

This is a link to the final draft of the combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.   It is a very long document, best viewed online.  As usual, Connecticut continues to do very well on both the compliance and results indicators. The APR is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 1, 2018.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP will be completed for an April 1, 2018 submission. If you have any questions or comments please email Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov no later than January 20, 2018.


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CT Early Childhood Alliance Data Tool

December 12, 2017

If you don’t receive the EC Alliance emails, this tool was just posted and is a great way to look up data about infants and toddlers by town as compared to the state as a whole.   Where are your babies? http://www.earlychildhoodalliance.com/infants_and_toddlers


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SPP/APR submitted and Tables by Program Posted

February 24, 2017

This is a link to the final (87 page) State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR).  It was submitted to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs on January 23, 2017.  For more information about the SPP/APR, click here.  Indicator 11, also known as the SSIP has not been updated since it is not due until April 3, 2017. The public reporting tables that report performance by program or county for each indicator have been updated and are available here. You can find them anytime on Birth23.org under How Are We Doing? then follow the drop down options to … Continue reading


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FFY17 Part C Federal Application Draft Available for Comment

February 17, 2017

The Draft FFY17 (7/1/17-6/30/18) Part C Federal Application is now available for public comment. It can be found here. http://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/fedapp/ Written comment on the application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Comments should be sent: by e-mail to Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov. by Fax to 860-622-2789 or by mail at 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835; Two public hearings concerning the proposed application will be held. Monday, March 20th, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835, Meeting Room H Plaza Level Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 from 3:00 to … Continue reading


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Draft 15-16 SPP/APR available for review

January 10, 2017

This is a link to the final draft of the combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.  It is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 1, 2017.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP will be completed for an April 1, 2017 submission. If you have any questions or comments please email Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov no later than January 20, 2017.


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This evaluation plan ties it all together….

March 30, 2016

Want to see the SSIP Phase II Logic Model and Evaluation Plan that connects our plans for professional development, changes to our fiscal system as well as how we communicate about Birth to Three?  Here is the full report State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Phase II. The attachments lay it all out.  (The first part of the report is from Phase I last  year.) Phase II was the part where a broad group of stakeholders identified how to enhance our infrastructure (fiscal and how we communicate) and how we plan to support EIS providers to reach our State-identified Measureable Result … Continue reading


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New COS Session Added to Module!

August 25, 2015

Huh? Previously we posted about a free online learning module for the Child Outcome Summary (COS) Process A fourth session has just been added outlining the 7-point scale used to indicate a child’s status on each of the three outcomes at a given point in time.  The 7-point scale indicates how the child’s current functioning compares to age-expected functioning for his or her chronological age Below is the direct link to the site where you can learn more and register for access to the module. http://dasycenter.org/child-outcomes-summary-cos-process-module-collecting-using-data-to-improve-programs/


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OSEP Determinations

July 6, 2015

Last week Connecticut received the state’s “determination letter” from the US Dept. of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  For the 9th year in a row Connecticut’s Part C System (Birth to Three) received the highest level determination of “Meets Requirements“. What is unique about this year is that OSEP use compliance data for only 50% of it’s determination.  The other 50% was based on “results data”.  For results, they used the child outcome data reported in the State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report – Indicator 3.  These results are demonstrated by the entry and exit ratings providers complete with … Continue reading


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Parent Training Opportunity – Understanding Data

June 3, 2015

Family Leaders Institute by DaSy* – What’s in a number? Do you know a parent leader who is seeking training in understanding children’s educational data? One parent can be sponsored to go to Atlanta, Georgia this October 6 and 7 and learn how to meaningfully engage as a stakeholder in conversations about data. This institute is intended to help the parent advocate for improvements in Part C and preschool special education. Go to http://dasycenter.sri.com/downloads/FLI_flyer.pdf for more information.   *DaSy is the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems


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Part C SSIP Phase 1- Complete!

May 5, 2015

Connecticut’s State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Phase I is now online. Phase II is the improvement planning phase and work on this will start in June.  It is due to OSEP on February 1, 2016. We want input from a wide variety of stakeholders about how to best implement selected improvement strategies over the next five years to reach our goal or SiMR.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov. Don’t know what Connecticut’s Part C SiMR is? (or what it means?)  To learn more about the SSIP and how Connecticut’s stakeholders got to this point, visit the SSIP … Continue reading


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Periodic Reviews of the IFSP

April 27, 2015

This is an important summary of the IDEA regulations regarding IFSP review deadlines.


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SPP/APR submitted and Tables by Program Posted

February 3, 2015

This is a link to the final combined (63 page) State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR).  It was submitted to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs on January 29th, 2015.  The format is completely different from previous years.  For more information about the SPP/APR, click here.  The new Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP has not been included since it is not due until April 1, 2015. The public reporting tables that report performance by program or county have also been updated and are available here. You can find them anytime on Birth23.org under How Are We … Continue reading


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What Are Other State Part C Systems Doing?

January 20, 2015

The IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA) recently posted the results of two 2014 surveys related to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) online.  These have interesting information about what is going on in other states. 2014 ITCA Tipping Points Survey – Part C Implementation: State Challenges and Responses – This survey is used to help track emerging issues and state responses related to eligibility, finance and decisions regarding continued participation in the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA). Forty‐eight of the fifty-six states and jurisdictions responded to the … Continue reading


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The SSIP is taking shape

January 6, 2015

What is the SSIP?  The State Systemic Improvement Plan is the newest indicator in the State Performance Plan required by section 616 of the IDEA.  This indicator is pretty comprehensive and involves all of the lead agency teams within Birth to Three; Family and Community Support, Provider Support, Fiscal Support, and Systems Support. A webpage dedicated to the three phase SSIP (we’re only in Phase 1) is updated after each meeting.  The last meeting was held on December 8th and the next will be February 23rd by when we hope to have a draft ready for review by the public.   Check out … Continue reading


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Draft SPP/APR available for review

December 24, 2014

This is a link to the final draft of the new combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.  It is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 2, 2015.  The format is completely different from previous years and the last two indicators have new numbers.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  The new Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP has not been included in this draft since it is not due until April 1, 2015. If you have any questions or comments please email Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov or call her at 860.496.3073 no later than January … Continue reading


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Eligibility Rates by Program by Month

September 26, 2014

A program recently asked us to update the FY12 eligibility rate report on the data verification page here at Birth23.org. Here is the link to the new report which breaks it down even further by month. You can always find it by clicking on How Are We Doing? on the left of the Home tab and selecting Data Verification. If your data seems well above or below the average (+/- 12%) you might want to look into why.


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National Child Outcomes Data 2012-2013

August 1, 2014

The ECTA Center staff will present the recently analyzed national child outcomes data for 2012-2013 including completeness of the data and some pattern checking to explore what is behind the national numbers. In addition, states will learn about updated resources including the 2012-2013 national graphing template, 2012-2013 eligibility category comparison template and more. Session Overview Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 1:00 pm EDT Register by Monday, August 25, 2014 Call-in and screen share information will be e-mailed to registered participants the day of the webinar. Registrations for this webinar are being taken at: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_etUfgTBCDPz7SsZ


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Child Outcome Summary Participation Rates

July 29, 2014

An updated table of Child Outcome Summary Participation Rates for FY14 (7/1/13 – 6/30/14) has been posted on the Data Verification Tables page (Under How are we doing on the Home page Left menu).  Programs are encouraged to look at their data and update SPIDER.  If there are other reasons for being below 85%, please contact Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov.


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Global Reporting and Child Outcomes Data

July 18, 2014

There is a new video  on the website that walks you through how to download and manipulate the raw child outcome data that is in SPIDER.   The link is listed on the SPIDER Video Manual page under the For Providers menu to the left.


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OSEP Determinations

July 1, 2014

Last week Connecticut received the state’s “determination letter” from the US Dept. of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and for the 7th year in a row… “The Department has determined that Connecticut meets the requirements of Part C of the IDEA.”   That may not sound like a lot but it means a great deal. The only way we could continue to meet all of the requirements of Part C of IDEA year after year is through your efforts ensuring that families have timely initial IFSP meetings, new services, and transition conferences.  This is in addition to all the … Continue reading


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