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                                                                                          July 2006

 

To:               District Superintendents

                    Superintendents of Schools

                    Authorized Municipality Representatives under Section 4410

                    County Fiscal Officers

                    Directors of Approved Preschool Programs

                    Approved Preschool Evaluators

                    Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for Special Education

                    SETRC Program Development Specialists

                    Early Childhood Direction Centers

                    Organizations, Parents and Individuals Concerned with Special Education

From:           James P. DeLorenzo

 

Subject:       State Performance Plan - Indicator #7 Related to Early Childhood Outcomes and Exit Assessments 

 

This memorandum provides information on State Performance Plan (SPP) requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) related to early childhood outcomes. The SPP is designed to evaluate the State’s efforts to implement the requirements of IDEA and describe how the State will improve results for children with disabilities.  As one of the measures of performance (Indicator #7), the State must report the percent of preschool children with individualized education programs (IEPs) who demonstrate improvement in three early childhood outcome areas based on entry and exit assessments (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/spp/home.html).

 

Comprehensive information on the responsibilities and requirements for conducting entry assessments was issued in a separate memorandum in February 2006 and can be found at http://www.emsc.nysed/gov/specialed/spp/earlychild.htm.  Entry assessments are required for all preschool children suspected of having a disability and are conducted by approved preschool evaluators. Results are reported to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE), which determines if the child is eligible for preschool special education programs and services and the entry levels of functioning in three early childhood outcome areas.
 

Beginning in the 2006-07 school year and annually thereafter, one-sixth of the school districts in the State will be required to report exit data on the progress that preschool children have made in the three early childhood outcome areas between entry into and exit from preschool special education programs and/or services. A different one-sixth of the school districts will report these data annually until all school districts have submitted the data once over the six-year period. New York City is the only exception and must report these data annually.  These data will be reported on a PD-10 form that will be developed for the 2006-07 school year. School districts will be notified when this form is available for their use.  School districts that are assigned to submit progress data for Indicator #7 during the 2006-07 school year must submit the data on the PD-10 form no later than October 15, 2007. Please refer to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sedcar/sppschedule.html for a schedule of the year in which school districts will submit data on Indicator #7.

 

          The process for exit data collection requires that approved preschool evaluators, CPSEs, Committees on Special Education (CSEs) and school districts institute new procedures. Please share this memorandum with Chairpersons of CPSEs and CSEs, Directors of Special Education and other appropriate school personnel.  Your questions may be directed to Sandra Rybaltowski, Special Education Policy and Partnership Unit, (518) 473-2878; Inni Barone, Special Education Data and Collection Analysis and Reporting Unit, (518) 486-4678; or the appropriate Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Office listed below:

 

Eastern Regional Office               (518) 486-6366

Western Regional Office              (585) 344-2002

Hudson Valley Regional Office    (518) 473-1185

Central Regional Office                (315) 428-3287

Long Island Regional Office          (631) 884-8530

New York City Regional Office     (718) 722-4544

 



Exit Assessment Process for Indicator #7

Preschool Outcomes 

         

Background: Beginning with the 2006-07 school year and in each subsequent year, a representative sample of school districts in the State will be required to conduct exit assessments on preschool children who will leave preschool services during the school year in which they are assigned to report data on this indicator. The purpose of the exit assessment is to determine the progress that exiting preschool children with disabilities have made in three early childhood outcome areas.  These three outcome areas are:

         

1.     Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships):

 Provide specific information regarding the child’s behavior and skills in:

2.  Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication and early literacy):

Provide specific information regarding the child’s behavior and skills in:

3.     Use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs:

Provide specific information regarding the child’s behavior and skills in:

All preschool children who were initially evaluated on or after March 1, 2006 and found eligible for preschool special education programs and/or services are required to have entry assessment results. However, exit assessments only need to be conducted for preschool children with disabilities who stop receiving preschool special education services due to program completion or declassification during the school year in which the school district is required to report exit data on this indicator.  The only children in sample school districts who require exit assessments are those who received an entry assessment and participated in preschool special education for at least six months prior to exiting.  Even though only the sample districts need to conduct exit assessments and report exit data during the school year in which the district is scheduled to report, a school district may choose to conduct exit assessments on all preschool special education students to assist in making student and programmatic decisions.

 

The sample of school districts assigned to conduct these assessments each year will be reporting data that will enable the State to determine, for each outcome area, the:

Conducting Exit Assessments: The determination of who will conduct an exit assessment and when it will be conducted depends on whether a preschool child has been referred for school age eligibility determination or recommended for declassification while still receiving preschool special education programs and/or services.

Attachment A provides information and directions to the CSE and CPSE, as appropriate, to review, rate and report assessment information on the Child Outcomes Summary Form.

 

Child Outcomes Summary Form (Attachment A)

 

          The Child Outcomes Summary Form was first issued in February 2006 as part of memorandum on the entry assessment process and was developed by the Early Childhood Outcomes Center with support from the Office of Special Education Programs, United States Department of Education.  Attachment A dated 7/06 replaces that form and is designed to capture both entry and exit assessment data.  Information from any child’s entry Child Outcomes Summary Form that may have been conducted using the previous form may be transferred by the CSE/CPSE to the revised entry/exit form when the exit assessment is conducted. 

 

Most Frequently Used Assessment Instruments (Attachment B)

 

Whenever possible, the exit assessment instruments should be the same assessment instruments used by the initial approved preschool evaluator for the entry assessment process.  At the request of SED, a survey was conducted by the Early Childhood Direction Centers of the assessment instruments most frequently used in New York State.  The list of these assessment instruments (Attachment B) may provide helpful information to conduct entry and exit assessments in the three early childhood outcome areas.  Assessments which are not included in Attachment B may be used to report exit information without SED approval.

 

 


Attachment A

 

Directions for Completing the Child Outcomes Summary Form

 

          The following information is to assist approved preschool evaluators, school district evaluation staff and CPSEs or CSEs in filling out the Child Outcomes Summary Form for entry and exit assessments. The shaded column to the left on the Child Outcomes Summary Form indicates who should fill in the requested information.

 

ENTRY ASSESSMENTS

Approved preschool evaluators

  1. Fill in the child’s name and date of birth on the Child Outcomes Summary Form for every preschool child evaluated.
  2. Complete the tables of supporting evidence for questions 1a, 2a and 3a on the Child Outcomes Summary Form identifying:
    1. the source of information (name of assessment and edition),
    2. date the assessment was given, and
    3. a summary of relevant results in each of the three outcome areas.
  3. Provide assurance that the Preschool Student Evaluation Summary Report has sufficient detailed information for the CPSE to identify on a scale of 1-7 the child’s typical functioning in the three outcome areas.

CPSEs

  1. Review the information provided by the approved preschool evaluator in the Preschool Student Evaluation Summary Report, Child Outcomes Summary Form and assessment results.  Determine the child’s eligibility for preschool special education programs and/or services.

  2. For preschool children found to be eligible for preschool special education programs and/or services, complete the remainder of cover page information, including the date of CPSE meeting, child’s school district identification number, persons attending the CPSE meeting and their roles, and methods of collecting family information on the child’s functioning on the Child Outcomes Summary Form.

  3. Identify on a scale of 1-7 the child’s typical functioning (not his/her capacity to function under ideal circumstances) across typical settings in each of the three outcome areas identified in questions 1a, 2a, and 3a, which relate to the child’s behaviors and skills. Only one rating (number) should be circled for each outcome.  Transcribe this rating number to the summary assessment results page. Children rated as 6 or 7 are considered as having functioning typical of their same-aged nondisabled peers.

  4. Do not complete questions 1b, 2b and 3b.  This is for the exit assessment process.

  5. Retain the Child Outcomes Summary Form in the child's record.

EXIT ASSESSMENTS

 

Approved preschool evaluators or school district evaluation staff

 

If the child is being considered for declassification as a preschooler, approved preschool evaluators will provide the following exit assessment information to the CPSE. If a child is referred to the CSE, school district evaluation staff will provide the following exit assessment information to the CSE:

 

  1. complete tables of supporting evidence for questions 1a, 2a and 3a on the Child Outcomes Summary Form identifying:
    1. the source of information (name of assessment and edition),
    2. date the assessment was given, and
    3. a summary of relevant results in each of the three outcome areas.
  1. assurance that the Preschool Student Evaluation Summary (approved preschool evaluator), or Evaluation Report (school district evaluator) has sufficient detailed information for the CPSEs (in the case of declassification) or CSEs (in the case of a referral) to identify on a scale of 1-7 the child’s typical functioning in the three outcome areas.

 

CPSE or CSE

 

The CSE or CPSE must:

 

  1. indicate the date of the CPSE or CSE meeting, identify the persons attending the meeting and their role(s) and indicate the methods for collecting family information on the child’s functioning.
  2. review the information provided by the approved preschool evaluator or school district evaluation staff, the Child Outcomes Summary Form at entry and current assessments reports.
  3. determine the child’s continuing eligibility for preschool special education programs and/or services or his/her eligibility for special education as a school-aged student.
  4. identify on a scale of 1-7 the child’s typical functioning (not his/her capacity to function under ideal circumstances) across typical settings in each of the three outcome areas identified in questions 1b, 2b, and 3b, that relate to the child’s behaviors and skills. Only one rating (number) should be circled for each outcome.  This information must also be transcribed to the summary assessment results page. Children rated as 6 or 7 are considered as having functioning typical of their same-aged nondisabled peers.
  5. retain the Child Outcomes Summary Form in the child's record.

 

Definitions for Outcome Ratings

 

 

Completely

Means:

 

7

Child shows behaviors and skills expected for his or her age in all or almost all everyday situations that are part of the child’s life.

  • Behavior and skills are considered typical for his or her age.

 

6

 

Between Completely and Somewhat

 

 

Somewhat

Means:

 

 

5

Child shows behavior and skills expected for his or her age some of the time across situations.

  • Behavior and skills are a mix of age appropriate and not appropriate.

  • Behavior and skills might be described as more like those of a slightly younger child.

  • Some behaviors or conditions might be interfering with the child’s capability to achieve age-expected behavior and skills.

 

 

4

 

Between Somewhat and Emerging

 

 

Emerging

Means:

 

 

3

Child does not yet show behaviors and skills expected of a child of his or her age in any situation.  Child’s behaviors and skills include immediate foundation skills upon which to build age expected skills.

  • Behaviors and skills might be described as more like those of a younger child.

  • Some behaviors or conditions might be interfering with the child’s capability to achieve age-expected behavior and skills.

 

 

2

 

Between Emerging and Not Yet

 

 

Not yet

Means:

 

 

1

Child does not yet show behaviors and skills expected of a child his or her age in any situation.  Child’s skills and behaviors also do not yet include any immediate foundation skills upon which to build age-expected skills.

  • Child’s ways of forming and maintaining social relationships might be described as more like those of a much younger child.

  • Some behaviors or conditions might be seriously interfering with the child’s capability to achieve age-expected behaviors and skills.

 

 

Approved Preschool Evaluators and CPSEs/CSEs when making their decisions should consider evidence of the following behaviors[1]:

 

1.       Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships): Children who achieve this outcome at a level that is comparable to same-aged nondisabled children show a variety of behaviors related to having social relationships. For example, they:

·       demonstrate attachment with the significant caregivers in their lives;

·       initiate and maintain social interactions;

·       behave in a way that allows them to participate in a variety of settings and situations, for example, on a playground, at dinner, at the grocery store, in childcare, etc.;

·       communicate wants and needs effectively;

·       build and maintain relationships with children and adults;

·       regulate their emotions;

·       understand and follow rules; and

·       solve social problems.

 

2.       Acquisition and Use of Knowledge and Skills: Children who achieve this outcome at a level that is comparable to same-aged nondisabled children show a variety of behaviors related to having knowledge and skills. For example, they:

·       display an eagerness for learning;

·       explore their environment;

·       attend to people and objects;

·       engage in daily learning opportunities;

·       use knowledge and skills (e.g., vocabulary, complexity of language, problem-solving skills, general knowledge, etc.) in a variety of everyday routines and activities;

·       acquire and use the precursor skills that will allow them to learn reading and mathematics in kindergarten; and

·       show imagination and creativity in play.

 

3.       Use of Appropriate Behaviors to meet his/her needs: Children who achieve this outcome at a level that is comparable to same-aged nondisabled children show a variety of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs. For example, they:

·       meet their self-care needs (feeding, dressing, toileting, etc.);

·       use objects (spoons, pencils, crayons, clay, scissors, other devices, etc.) as tools;

·       move from place to place to participate in everyday activities and routines;

·       seek help when necessary to move from place to place;

·       seek help when necessary to assist with basic care or other needs; and

·       follow rules related to health and safety.

 


Revised 7/06                                                                                                  

 

CHILD OUTCOMES SUMMARY FORM

This column indicates who should complete each section

 

 

 

 

CPSE
completes for

Entry

 

Date of Meeting:         /         /         

                  Mo. / Day/ Yr.

 

 

 

Approved Preschool Evaluator

completes for Entry

 

Child Information

 

Name:                                              

 

Date of birth:          /         /       

                        Mo. / Day/ Yr.

       

 

 

 

ID:  ____________________________________________

CPSE
completes for Entry

Persons involved in deciding the summary ratings for Entry:

Name

Role

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Family information on child functioning (Check all that apply):

      Received in team meeting

      Collected separately

      Incorporated into assessment(s)

      Not included


CPSE
(Declassification)

 Date of meeting:          /         /       

                      Mo. / Day/ Yr.

  District Name: _________________________________________

 

or

 

CSE

(Referral)

completes for

Exit

Persons involved in deciding the summary ratings for Exit:

Name

Role

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Family information on child functioning (Check all that apply):

      Received in team meeting

      Collected separately

      Incorporated into assessment(s)

      Not included

           

 

 

1.   POSITIVE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SKILLS (INCLUDING SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS)

 

To answer the questions below, think about the child’s functioning in these and closely related areas (as indicated by assessments and based on observations from individuals in close contact with the child):

 

·       Relating with adults

·       Relating with other children

·       Following rules related to groups or interacting with others (if older than 18 months)

CPSE completes for Entry

 

 

1a.  To what extent does this child show behaviors and skills related to this outcome appropriate for his or her age across a variety of settings and situations? (Circle one number)

Completely

Somewhat

Emerging

Not Yet

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

 

 

 

Approved Preschool Evaluator

completes for Entry

 

 

Supporting evidence for answer to Question 1a (entry)

Source of information

 

Date

 

Summary of Relevant Results

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


 

 

 

 

CPSE

(Declassification)

 

or

 

CSE

(Referral)
completes for Exit

1b. To what extent does this child show behaviors and skills related to this outcome appropriate for his or her age across a variety of settings and situations? (Circle one number)

Completely

Somewhat

Emerging

Not Yet

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

 

 

Approved

Preschool Evaluator

(Declassification)

 

or

 

CSE

(Referral) completes for Exit

Supporting evidence for answer to Question 1b (Exit)

Source of information

 

Date

 

Summary of Relevant Results

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

2.               ACQUIRING AND USING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

 

To answer the questions below, think about the child’s functioning in these and closely related areas (as indicated by assessments and based on observations from individuals in close contact with the child):

 

·         Thinking, reasoning, remembering, and problem solving

·         Understanding symbols

·         Understanding the physical and social worlds

CPSE
completes for Entry

 

2a. To what extent does this child show behaviors and skills related to this outcome appropriate for his or her age across a variety of settings and situations? (Circle one number)

Completely

Somewhat

Emerging

Not Yet

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

 

Approved Preschool Evaluator completes for Entry

 

Supporting evidence for answer to Question 2a (Entry)

Source of information

 

Date

 

Summary of Relevant Results

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

CPSE

(Declassification)

 or

 

2b. To what extent does this child show behaviors and skills related to this outcome appropriate for his or her age across a variety of settings and situations? (Circle one number)

CSE
 (Referral)
completes for Exit

 

Completely

  Somewhat   Emerging   Not Yet
7 6 5 4 3 2 1

 

 

Approved Preschool Evaluator

(Declassification)

 

or

 

CSE

(Referral) completes for Exit

 

Supporting evidence for answer to Question 2b (Exit)

Source of information

 

Date

 

Summary of Relevant Results

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

3.         USE OF APPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS

 

            To answer the questions below, think about the child’s functioning in these and closely related areas (as indicated by assessments and based on observations from individuals in close contact with the child):

 

·       Taking care of basic needs (e.g., showing hunger, dressing, feeding, toileting, etc.)

·       Contributing to own health and safety (e.g., follows rules, assists with hand washing, avoids inedible objects) (if older than 24 months)

·       Getting from place to place (mobility) and using tools (e.g., forks, pencils, strings attached to objects)

CPSE
completes for Entry

 

 

3a.    To what extent does this child show behaviors and skills related to this outcome appropriate for his or her age across a variety of settings and situations? (Circle one number)

Completely

Somewhat

Emerging

Not Yet

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

 

Approved Preschool

Evaluator

completes for Entry

 

Supporting evidence for answer to Question 3a (Entry)

Source of information

 

Date

 

Summary of Relevant Results

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

CPSE

(Declassification)

 

or

3b.    To what extent does this child show behaviors and skills related to this outcome appropriate for his or her age across a variety of settings and situations? (Circle one number)

CSE

(Referral)

completes for

Exit

Completely

Somewhat

Emerging

Not Yet

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

 

 

Supporting evidence for answer to Question 3b (Exit)

 

Approved Preschool Evaluator (Declassification)

 

or

 

CSE

(Referral)

completes for Exit

 

Source of information

 

Date

 

Summary of Relevant Results

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 


 

SUMMARY ASSESSMENT RESULTS 

Record Entry and Exit Scores (Scale of 1-7)

 

Positive social emotional skills

Acquisition of knowledge and skills

Use of appropriate behaviors to meet his or her needs

Entry Rating (CPSE)

Exit Rating

(CSE)

 

 

The Child’s Progress at Exit

Check () one box for each of the three rows based on entry and exit scores.

 

Exit

Information

CPSE

(Declassification)

or
CSE

(Referral)

Maintained functioning comparable to peers

Improved functioning to reach a level comparable to peers

Improved functioning but do not reach a level comparable to peers

Did not improve functioning

1.    Positive social emotional skills

 

2.    Acquisition of knowledge and skills

3.    Use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs


Attachment B

 

Assessments Most Frequently Used in New York State

with Preschool Children with Disabilities 

 

Assessment Measure

 

Name, Edition and

Publication Date of

Assessment Measure

Outcome 1

 

Positive

Social Relationships

Outcome 2

 

Acquire and Use Skills and Knowledge

Outcome 3

 

Takes Actions

to

Meet Needs

Adaptive Behavior Assessment System (Ages 0-5)

X

Arizona Articulation Proficiency Scale – 3rd Revision, Western Psychological Service, 2000

X

Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI 2) – 2nd Edition, 2005

X

X

X

Bayley Scales of Infant Development (BSID 2), 1993

X

X

Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC) - 2nd Edition, 2004

X

X

Brigance Inventory of Early Development- II, (IED-II)

X

X

X

Carolina Curriculum for Preschoolers with Special Needs, 2nd Edition, Copyright 2004

X

X

X

Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) – 2nd Edition, 2000

X

Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-Preschool II (CELF), 1992 & 2004

X

Connors’ Parent & Teacher Rating Scale (CRS-R), 1997

X

Developmental Assessment of Young Children (DAYC), 1998

X

X

X

Differential Ability Scales – Psychological Corporation, 1990

X

Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation 2, American Guidance Service, Inc., 2000 Edition

X

Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP), 2004

X

X

X

Learning Accomplishment Profile–D (LAP-D)

X

X

Mullen Scales of Early Learning, 1995

X

Peabody Developmental Motor Scales-2, 2002 (1983)

X

Peabody Picture Vocab. Test (PPVT) – IIIA

X

Preschool – Kindergarten Behavior Scales – 2nd Edition, 2002

X

Preschool Evaluation Scale

X

X

X

Preschool Language Scale – (PLS-4), 2002

X

Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scales, 1990

X

X

Sensory Profile Checklist (Dunn) Psychological Corporation, 1999

X

Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, 2003

X

Stuttering Severity Instrument for Children & Adults, Third Edition, 1994

X

Vineland Social Emotional Early Childhood Scales (SEEC)

X

X

X

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-III (WPPSI), 2002

X

Westby Play Scale, 2000

X

 

 


[1] Greenwood, Charles Ph.D and Carta, Judith Ph.D Issues Related to Implementation of Accountability Systems for Children 0-5 with Disabilities, DEC Roundtable Presentation, December 6, 2004, Chicago, Illinois