The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Division of
Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is updating a Guidance Memorandum originally issued as LS-07-042 on 9/14/2006 in an effort to assist Part B
preschool special education programs in the collection and reporting of
federally- mandated early childhood outcomes.
Indicator 7 in the Special Education State
Performance Plan requires DESE to collect and report early childhood
special education outcomes data at a child’s entry into the program and at the child’s
exit. Early Childhood Outcomes Data is reported in the areas of
positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships), acquisition
and use of knowledge and skills, and use of appropriate behaviors by the child
to meet his or her needs. Early Childhood Special Education programs should note the following when generating data for
1. All Part B Early Childhood programs will use
the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process to develop and assign child-specific outcomes ratings. The COS is embedded in the Early Childhood Individual Education Program (IEP) form.
2. Part B Early Childhood programs will use the DaSY training modules to build understanding of the
COS process, including the formation of an appropriate team and the utilization
of appropriate assessments and other data.
3. The entry COS ratings must be developed and
assigned within thirty (30) days of entry into the program. The exit COS ratings
must be developed and assigned within thirty (30) days of exit from the program.
For preschool children entering a Part B program, DESE recommends that data
derived from full and individual initial evaluations be used whenever possible as
part of the child-specific entry ratings process.
4. For federal reporting purposes, COS consensus
ratings must be developed and submitted by Part B Early Childhood programs for
any preschool student who enters or exits. In addition, as provided for in the State
Performance Plan, DESE will collect and evaluate outcomes data from all Part
B Early Childhood programs on at least an annual basis.
5. COS consensus ratings scores for each child
and each outcome indicator must be documents in the IEP and reported through eSchool.
6. When a Part C agency has used the COS to
assign an exit rating to a child, the Part B Early Childhood program may use
this data as part of the entry rating decision process.
7. Parents must be included in the determination of Outcomes scores.