(2019, April) | Relevant to Parent Centers wishing to provide comments and feedback on the Department of Education’s proposed information collection about implementation of IDEA

The Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has announced its proposal to collect information to determine how states, districts, and schools are identifying and supporting children and youth with disabilities. The study is one component of a Congressionally-mandated National Assessment of IDEA.

The purpose of the data collection is to develop an up-to-date national picture of how states, districts, and schools are implementing IDEA in order to provide ED, Congress, and other stakeholders with knowledge that can inform the next reauthorization of IDEA and, ultimately, how services are provided to children. This study of IDEA is needed because a decade has passed since the previous IDEA national implementation study, and subsequent developments may have influenced the context and implementation of special education and early intervention.

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Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before June 14, 2019.

Read the proposed plan and provide comments at:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/15/2019-07424/agency-information-collection-activities-comment-request-individuals-with-disabilities-education-act

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Additional Information

The surveys will be administered in Fall 2019. There will be:

  • 3 separate electronic state surveys to capture data on the Part C program for infants and toddlers (administered to the Part C infants and toddlers program coordinator), the Part B program for preschool-age children (administered to the Part B program for preschool-age children coordinator), and the Part B program for school-age children and youth (administered to the special education director);
  • 2 separate electronic school district surveys to focus on the Part B program for preschool-age children (administered to the Part B program for pre-school age children coordinator) and the IDEA Part B program for school-age children and youth (administered to the special education director); and
  • A single school survey will cover the Part B program for school-age children, the Part B program for preschool-age children, the transition from the Part C infants and toddlers program, and transition planning for secondary school students. The school survey will be administered to the school principal or lead special education staff. The study team will administer an electronic survey to a nationally representative sample of 2,750 schools from the 665 selected districts.