U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

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IDEA Part D -- National Activities - 2003

CFDA Numbers: 84.323 - Special Education_State Program Improvement Grants for Children with Disabilities
84.324 - Special Education_Research and Innovation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities
84.325 - Special Education_Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities
84.325A - IDEA Part D National Activities
84.326 - Special Education_Technical Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities
84.326R - IDEA Part D Assistance and Dissemination
84.327 - Special Education_Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities
84.328 - Special Education_Parent Information Centers
84.328M - IDEA Part D Parent Information Centers


Goal 8: To link scientifically based practices to states, school systems and families to improve results for infants, toddlers and children with disabilities
Objective 8.1 of 3: Programs respond to critical needs of children with disabiltiies and their families
Indicator 8.1.1 of 1: Responsive to critical needs: The percentage of program funding priorities that respond to critical needs of children with disabilities and their families.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of program funding priorities that respond to critical needs of children with disabilities and their families.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Research & Innovation Technology Media Personnel Preparation
Research & Innovation Technology Media Personnel Preparation
2001
82 79 82 85
       
2002
72.10 73.80 70 69.80
85 85 85 85
2003
65.90 71.40 65 74.40
75 75 75 75
2004
       
75 75 75 75
2005
       
75 75 75 75
2006
       
75 75 75 75
2007
       
75 75 75 75

The percentage of program funding priorities that respond to critical needs of children with disabilities and their families.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Technical Assistance Parent Information State Improvement
Technical Assistance Parent Information State Improvement
2001
75 90 80
     
2002
67.40 85.40 80.50
85 85 85
2003
60.50 78 80.50
75 75 75
2004
     
75 75 75
2005
     
75 75 75
2006
     
75 75 75
2007
     
75 75 75


 
Additional Source Information: Published funding priorities.

Frequency: Annually.

Data Available: September 2003

 

Objective 8.2 of 3: Projects use high-quality methods and materials
Indicator 8.2.1 of 1: Highest standards for methods and materials: The percentage of IDEA-funded projects use exceptionally rigorous quantitative or qualitative research and evaluation methods or current research-validated practices and materials, as appropriate.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of IDEA-funded projects that use exceptionally rigorous quantitative or qualitative research and evaluation methods or current research-validated practices and materials, as appropriate
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Research (from R&I) Demonstration (from R&I) Outreach (from R&I) Technology & Media
Research (from R&I) Demonstration (from R&I) Outreach (from R&I) Technology & Media
1998
60 12 20  
       
1999
50 70 20 50
65 20 25  
2000
77 13 11 50
       
2001
69 67 50 16
       
2002
73.30 57.10 40  
75 70 55 40
2003
       
75 75 60 35
2004
       
75 75 65 45
2005
       
75 75 70 55
2006
       
75 75 75 65
2007
       
75 75 75 75

The percentage of IDEA-funded projects that use exceptionally rigorous quantitative or qualitative research and evaluation methods or current research-validated practices and materials, as appropriate
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Personnel Preparation Technical Assistance State Improvem.
Personnel Preparation Technical Assistance State Improvem.
2001
27 33 66
     
2002
73.60 66.70 100
20 40 70
2003
     
45 45 75
2004
     
55 55 75
2005
     
65 65 75
2006
     
75 75 75
2007
     
75 75 75

Technology
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
66.70
 

Media Services
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
14.30
 


Explanation: All successful applications under IDEA programs include high quality methods and materials, as judged by panels during the review process. This indicator applies a more rigorous standard to assess projects that have exceptionally high standards based on a standard measurement protocol. It takes at least three years to achieve stability in review and assessment process. Fluctuations in data are expected for several years while the data collection methodology is refined. The improvement in Demonstration and Outreach activities from 2000 to 2001 resulted after significant changes were made in the application requirements for these activities. Increased emphasis was placed on project evaluation, and limits on the length of applications were increased.  
Additional Source Information: Project information.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002
Data Available: September 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

 

Objective 8.3 of 3: Projects Communicate appropriately and products are used for children with disabilities and their families.
Indicator 8.3.1 of 2: Practitioners use results: Expert panels determine that practitioners, including policy-makers, administrators, teachers, parents, or others as appropriate, use products and practices developed through IDEA programs to improve results for children with disabilities.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of expert panels that determine that practitioners, including policy-makers, administrators, teachers, parents, or others as appropriate, use products and practices developed through IDEA programs to improve results for children with disabilities.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Research & Innovation Technology Personnel Preparation
Research & Innovation Technology Personnel Preparation
1998
  78  
     
1999
     
  89  
2000
53 47 55
     
2001
58 62 55
     
2002
     
65 65 65
2003
     
75 75 75
2004
     
75 75 70
2005
     
75 75 75
2006
     
75 75 75
2007
     
75 75 75

The percentage of expert panels that determine that practitioners, including policy-makers, administrators, teachers, parents, or others as appropriate, use products and practices developed through IDEA programs to improve results for children with disabilities.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Technical Assistance Parent Information State Improvement
Technical Assistance Parent Information State Improvement
1998
67    
     
1999
     
78    
2000
59    
     
2001
69 75 60
     
2002
     
75 75 65
2003
     
75 75 75
2005
     
75 75 75
2006
     
75 75 75
2007
     
75 75 75


Progress: A decision was made in early 2003 that because all of the strategies for IDEA - Part D are being revised in 2005, there will be no data on Objective 3

Explanation: Fluctuations in data are expected for several years while the data collection methodology is refined. To improve the quality of the evaluations the size of the review panel representing the variety of stakeholders in special education was increased from 5 persons in 2000 to 80 in 2001. This improvement has resulted in a much more robust and accurate measure of this indicator.  
Additional Source Information: Project information.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002
Data Available: September 2003
Validated By: No Formal Verification.

 
Indicator 8.3.2 of 2: Communication with target audiences
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
The percentage of IDEA-funded projects that both (1) communicate high-quality products and information and (2) employ strategies to communicate with appropriate target audiences will increase.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Research (from R&I) Demonstration (from R&I) Outreach (from R&I)
Research (from R&I) Demonstration (from R&I) Outreach (from R&I)
2000
60 40 100
     
2001
91 57 80
     
2002
     
85 60 85
2003
     
75 65 75
2004
     
75 70 75
2005
     
75 75 75
2006
     
75 75 75
2007
     
75 75 75

The percentage of IDEA-funded projects that both (1) communicate high-quality products and information and (2) employ strategies to communicate with appropriate target audiences will increase.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Technology Personnel Preparation Technical Assistance
Technology Personnel Preparation Technical Assistance
2000
40   100
     
2001
80   71
     
2002
     
85   80
2003
     
75   75
2004
     
75   75
2005
     
75   75
2006
     
75   75
2007
     
75   75


Explanation: Experts review a sample of products submitted by project directors of a sample of funded projects that have ended. Raters use a scale of 0 to 2, with an overall mean rating of 1.5 considered appropriate communication with target audience.  
Additional Source Information: Project information from products developed by grantees.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002
Data Available: September 2003
No formal verification. Project information is reviewed by a panel consisting of independent, third party reviewers who are experts in the program content and trained in the review procedures. The panel results are analyzed by experts in evaluation research.

 

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