With new reforms in education taking hold across the country, the U.S. Department of Education is seeking to improve the quality of special education data collected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Data collected will derive from IDEA’s existing State Performance Plan and an Annual Performance Report on their progress in meeting 18 indicators of achievement for school aged students with disabilities; and 12 indicators for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
Additionally, this center will provide technical assistance to states by:
- Gathering more accurate reliable data – from all appropriate resources in a state
- Providing training to states to help school and district officials submit better data.
- Improving data infrastructure among the states
The grant to Westat Inc. is being made under the Technical Assistance to Improve State Data Capacity program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.