The Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process is used in Maryland for measuring child outcomes to meet federal accountability reporting requirements for all children receiving services through an IFSP/IEP birth to kindergarten age.
In 2005, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) began requiring state early intervention and preschool special education programs to report on child outcomes. States are required to report on the percent of infants, toddlers and preschoolers with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) or Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) who demonstrate improved:
- Positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships)
- Acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/communication [and early literacy])
- Use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs.
The Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Tutorial was developed to help early intervention professionals understand and succeed in taking a functional approach to measuring early childhood outcomes. The tutorial is embedded with several examples and self-check activities, as well as a culminating case study activity. Click here to begin the tutorial.
Child Outcomes Data Analysis Webinar
This webinar provides information for early intervention staff on new child outcomes reports being released as part of the Online IFSP in July 2014. The presenters also highlight the use of essential questions to guide analyses of child outcomes data for program improvement, as well as child-level progress monitoring.