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

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IDEA: Special Education Preschool Grants - FY 2006


CFDA Number: 84.173 - Special Education Preschool Grants

Program Goal: To help preschool children with disabilities enter school ready to succeed by assisting states in providing special education and related services.

Objective 1 of 1: Preschool children with disabilities will receive special education and related services that result in increased skills that enable them to succeed in school.
Indicator 1.1 of 3: Service setting: The percentage of children receiving special education and related services in settings with typically developing peers.
 
Measure 1.1.1 of 1: The percentage of children with disabilities receiving special education and related services with typically developing peers (early childhood settings and home).
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1999
41
 
2000
40
 
2001
39
 
2002
40
39
2003
38
40
2004
37
40
2005
36
41
2006
 
40
2007
 
40

Source: State-reported data under IDEA Section 618.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: August 2006

Limitations: The Department is planning to change the data collection by 2006-07 to reflect where the child spends most of his or her time, as opposed to where the child is receiving special education services.
 
 
Indicator 1.2 of 3: Certified preschool special education teachers under IDEA: The number of states with at least 90 percent of preschool special education teachers fully certified in the areas in which they are teaching.
 
Measure 1.2.1 of 1: The number of states with at least 90 percent of special education teachers of children aged three to five who are fully certified in the area in which they are teaching.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1996
34
 
1997
35
 
1998
37
 
1999
34
40
2000
36
41
2001
35
40
2002
34
40
2003
32
36
2004
34
36
2005
 
37
2006
 
37

Source: State-reported data under IDEA Section 618.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: August 2006

Limitations: States maintain data by grades taught, not by ages of students taught. Therefore, these data are for teachers teaching prekindergarten and kindergarten.

Improvements: Certification of related services personnel are not included because those requirements vary even more widely than requirements for teachers (e.g., some states certify sign language interpreters, but other states do not). OSEP will implement follow-up actions regarding increasing emphasis on related services personnel; possibly follow-up on SPeNSE study.
 
Explanation: There is a clustering of states around the 90 percent threshold for this measure, which may result in unpredictable changes from year to year.
 
Indicator 1.3 of 3: Functional abilities: The percentage of children with disabilities aged three through five participating in the Preschool Grants program who demonstrate positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships); acquire and use knowledge and skills (including early language/communication and early literacy); and use appropriate behaviors to meet their needs.
 
Measure 1.3.1 of 1: The percentage of children with disabilities aged three through five participating in the Preschool Grants program who demonstrate positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships); acquire and use knowledge and skills (including early language/communication and early literacy); and demonstrate appropriate behaviors to meet their needs.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2006
 
999

Source: Initial data for 2005 from the IDEA Pre-elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS). Subsequent years' data collection methodology will be determined through the Early Childhood Outcome Center and will use state-reported data under the Annual Performance Reports and IDEA section 618.

Frequency: Other.

Next Data Available: October 2007
 
Explanation: This indicator focuses on early language/ communication, early literacy and social-emotional skills because these skills are the best indictors of success in later years. The FY 2006 target is to establish a baseline.
 


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