MD Child Outcomes Gateway

The MD COS Gateway is a one-stop online resource that provides birth to kindergarten professionals with background, rationale, training, and supports to implement the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) rating process with fidelity across jurisdictions and programs.

Learning Links Profile: Naomi Youngren

Growing up in Northern Minnesota, Naomi Youngren discovered she was unique at a pretty young age. While many of her peers had only vague ideas of what their future would look like, Naomi was determined to work in Special Education. After college, a chance to work in Germany with the Department of Defense deepened her […]

Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process

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 […]

Educational Assessment Part I

This course included an examination and exploration of formal assessment instruments and procedures diagnosing elementary through secondary students who are experiencing mild to moderate learning problems. Communicating assessment results to parents and teachers is also emphasized.

Accommodations for ELLs with Disabilities

It is important to ensure that student performance is not unduly influenced by student disabilities or linguistic/cultural characteristics that are unrelated to the content being assessed. Here’s a few ways to help accommodate ELLs with disabilities.

Co-Assessment and Reflection

Assessment, just like planning and instruction, should always be done in a collaborative manner by co-teachers. When it comes to co-teaching, there are two distinct, but related kinds of assessment—the assessment of your students’ performance and the assessment of your co-teaching performance.