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

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IDEA: Special Education State Improvement - 2004

Program Goal: 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 disabilities 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
2001
80
 
2002
80.50
75
2003
80.50
75
2004
 
75
2005
 
75
2006
 
75
2007
 
75


 
Additional Source Information: Published funding priorities.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: October 2004

 

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
2001
66
 
2002
100
70
2003
 
75
2004
 
75
2005
 
75
2006
 
75
2007
 
75


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: 2003 - 2004
Data Available: October 2004
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 1: 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
2001
60
 
2002
 
65
2003
 
75
2004
 
75
2005
 
75
2006
 
75
2007
 
75


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.

Limitations: Data not collected for 2002-2004.

 

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