DSE/EIS, in cooperation with the Center for Technology in Education at the Johns Hopkins University, has developed the Maryland Special Education and Early Intervention Longitudinal Accountability Decision Support System (LADSS). This system encompasses the integration of statewide demographic and outcome data with special education and early intervention services data collection tools through a linked special education longitudinal data warehouse.

After gathering feedback from the Online IEP User Group, Maryland special education directors in a sampling of local school systems, a national survey of State special education directors, and focus groups with parents conducted in conjunction with the Parents’ Place of Maryland, a proposed conceptual framework of initial enhancements and new functions  were defined and are described below. The iterative design process includes continuous user and stakeholder feedback to identify additional system upgrades as part of a phased development approach aimed at narrowing the gap through using advanced decision support tools. Phase 1 is expected fall 2014.

by Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services Staff