This fall, over 450 early learning professionals from around the country gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana to attend the Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference. This conference, hosted by The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) along with the IDEA Data Center, and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, focused on issues related to Part C and Section 619 programs such as coordinated early childhood data systems; measurement and use of child and family outcomes data; and resources for improving systems of services.
In addition, there were a large number of sessions devoted to the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) process. In developing the plan, States will use data to identify gaps in child outcomes, analyze State systems, and then implement targeted, evidence-based reforms to address the gaps. The SSIP is a critical component of Results Driven Accountability, the Office of Special Education Program’s revised accountability system under IDEA.
All presentations and handouts from the 2014 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes conference, hosted by the DaSy Center, along with ECTA and IDC, are now available on the conference website. You can also view conference resources specifically relating to DaSy on the 2014 Conference tab of the DaSy Products page. To explore this year's conference, find helpful resources, and see photos of session highlights check out the Conference Storify which compiles tweets that used the conference #ECIDEA14 hashtag.