March/April 2017
 
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IDEA Data Center. Building Capacity for High-Quality IDEA Data
Head shots of Tom Fiore and Julie Bollmer, IDC Co-Directors.IDC will launch a Back-to-Basics Webinar Series in late April. The series will orient new staff or staff with new indicator responsibilities to the Part B and Part C indicators and related Section 618 data collections. The Back-to-Basics series will focus on beginning level information that also can be valuable for staff who want to refresh their knowledge of the indicators.

The webinars will address the requirements associated with featured indicators, such as reporting due dates, data elements, measurement table requirements, and basic information about file specifications. Each webinar will also provide information about available resources.

The Part B series will begin with Indicator B4: Rates of Suspension and Expulsion. The Part C series will begin with Indicator C8: Early Childhood Transition. Registration information will be coming to your inbox soon!
Where Have We Been?
Tom Munk and Nancy O’Hara represented IDC at the OSEP Symposium on Significant Disproportionality in February. Their presentation was one of three presented during the symposium. Their presentation, Examining Success Gaps to Identify Factors That Contribute to Significant Disproportionality, focused on the Success Gaps Toolkit and how states can use the toolkit to identify the school- and district-level factors contributing to significant disproportionality. The session recording and related materials are available online. Scroll to the bottom of the page to access the recording, transcript, and slides of the three-part presentation. If you are interested in learning how you can use the Success Gaps Toolkit in your state, contact your IDC State Liaison.
Cross-Center Collaboration
Powerful Data for 619 Topic Cohort
 
DaSy leads the Powerful Data for 619 Topic Cohort in collaboration with ECTA, IDC, and NCSI. The topic cohort is composed of six state teams focused on producing and using high-quality 619 data. The cohort goals are to
  1. increase state capacity to produce high-quality 619 data;
  2. create or improve plans for use of 619 data at the state and local levels;
  3. improve state capacity to conduct data analyses and disseminate 619 data to key audiences to communicate identified purposes; and
  4. make measurable progress within the state in linking different 619 data sets and/or linking 619 data sets to other state data. 
The cohort began in July 2015 and has provided cross-state TA and individualized TA to the cohort state teams. The cross-state work ended in December 2016. Each state in the cohort has continued its individualized TA work in accordance with its TA agreement with the centers, and all states are expected to wrap up their work by the end of October 2017.
 
TA Spotlight
State Peer-to-Peer Exchange and logo.
Peer-to Peer Exchanges (P2Ps) are online, participant-driven conversations for small groups interested in the same topic. IDC offered the first P2Ps as follow-up to the Virtual Interactive Meeting (VIM) on the Part B IDEA 618 Data Processes Toolkit. At the end of the VIM, participants selected one or more of the seven data collections to explore further. IDC staff with topic expertise facilitated the P2P, while state participants shared ideas and challenges, and celebrated successes around the topic. P2Ps on data collections for Discipline; Assessment; Personnel; Maintenance of Effort (MOE) and Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS); and Exiting have taken place. 
Data Dashboards: Information At-a-Glance
Smart phone, tablet, and desktop all showing pie and bar graphs.
Just like a car’s dashboard, a data dashboard provides current and important information to the viewer. Drivers need to know how much gas they have or if a tire is low on air. The dashboard gives that information at-a-glance. States and local education agencies/education service agencies (LEAs/ESAs) can use the same concept to share important IDEA data with stakeholders.
 
Data dashboards are one-page, easy-to-read, displays that are updated in real time as information changes. Effective data dashboards share the right data with the right audience. Consider the following when developing a data dashboard:
  • Clearly define the scope and audience.
  • Determine with stakeholders what information needs to be in the dashboard and how often it will be updated.
  • Use effective data visualization for dashboard content.
Sharing complex IDEA data visually is one way to help stakeholders make sense of this important information.

Contact your IDC State Liaison or visit the
IDC Resource Library to learn more about data visualization.  
State Liaison Picks
Maintenance of Effort Reduction Eligibility Decision Tree and Worksheets
SEA Worksheet Added to Resource!
 
Chris Thacker, Part B State Liaison for the Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau, has selected our featured resource for this issue.

IDC has added to the
Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Reduction Eligibility Decision Tree and Worksheets. The new Excel-based worksheet for State Education Agencies (SEAs) makes calculating the maximum allowable amount of MOE reduction and Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) for all the local education agencies/education service agencies (LEAs/ESAs) within the state much easier.

When combined with the Decision Tree, the new SEA worksheet
and the LEA/ESA worksheet help states and LEAs/ESAs in determining MOE reduction.
Good to Know

The IDC website has a fresh look with new features like Resource Library Collections, which are groups of resources organized by different themes, and a scrolling carousel on the TA page to highlight IDC’s TA resources. The new website is updated regularly, so visit often!

Click the image below to link directly to today’s Collections.

This newsletter was developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for The National Technical Assistance Center to Improve State Capacity to Accurately Collect and Report IDEA Data, #H373Y130002. The contents and resources on this website do not necessarily represent the policy or reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Education.






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