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COS Technical Assistance

Child Outcomes Summary Technical Assistance Bulletin

  COS TA Bulletin [PDF]    

Created by the Division of Special Education / Early Intervention Services in January 2016.

B-K COS Process Support Webinar

  B-K COS Process Support Webinar (Aug 22, 2018) [Webinar]    

The goal of this webinar, presented on August 22, 2018, was to give local Infants and Toddlers Program and Preschool Special Education leaders and local COS trainers/coaches a clear understanding of updated resources now available on the Maryland Birth to Kindergarten Child Outcomes Gateway and to review the COS training plan and MD COS Competency Check requirements.

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Child Outcomes Summary Process Core Components Rationale

  COS Core Components Rationale [DOC]    

To ensure statewide consistency and fidelity of practices related to child outcomes data, the MSDE Division of Special Education / Early Intervention Services identified Core Components of the Child Outcomes Summary Process that must be implemented by all jurisdictions.

COS Core Components

On the basis of evidence collected across the four studies of the ENHANCE Project, it was concluded that when implemented as intended, the Child Outcome Summary (COS) process produces ratings that are valid for accountability and program improvement purposes. To ensure fidelity and support best practices across the state, core components of the COS process have been identified along with recommended resources necessary to complete each component.

Learn more about the components and access the suggested tools in each component:

 

01  |  Child and Family Functional Assessment

Best Practice Tip: Team members should gather information about the child’s functioning within the framework of each of the three outcomes across a variety of settings and routines. This information should also reflect the family’s priorities, concerns and resources relative to their child’s interactions, engagement, and independence. This is different from evaluating or assessing developmental domains that are based on isolated skill development.

01  |  A Look at My Child’s Development

 A Look at My Child’s Development (PDF - English): Families receive this worksheet prior to assessment and use it to record observations and examples of their child’s functioning across different settings. They are able to solicit and document information from caregivers who will not be present for the assessment.

 A Look at My Child’s Development (Word- English)

 A Look at My Child’s Development (PDF- Spanish)

 A Look at My Child’s Development (Word - Spanish)

02  |  Functional child and family assessment using one of the following:
a - Routines Based Interview (RBI)

 Routines Based Interview (RBI): The RBI process allows teams to assess child and family functioning during their daily routine and to develop meaningful outcomes or goals. Staff must be trained in the methodology prior to its use with families.

b - Scale for Assessment of Family Enjoyment within Routines (SAFER)

 Scale for Assessment of Family Enjoyment within Routines (SAFER): This routines-based family assessment tool is designed for professionals working with families to develop functional intervention plans. It is used to help teams gather information about home and community routines so that they can identify the social competence, engagement, and independence of the child and the concerns and priorities of the family.

c - Scale for the Assessment of Teachers' Impressions of Routines and Engagement (SATIRE)

 Scale for the Assessment of Teachers' Impressions of Routines and Engagement (SATIRE): This routines-based interview is an assessment tool designed to be used in conjunction with the routines-based interview (RBI) of the family. The SATIRE is for professionals in preschool programs and child care centers who work with teachers and families to develop functional intervention plans for children with special needs.

d - Measure of Engagement, Independence, and Social Relationships (MEISR)

 Measure of Engagement, Independence, and Social Relationships (MEISR): This instrument is used to develop a profile of functional behaviors of a child birth to 3 years. It helps families assess the child’s competence in everyday situations, teams to ask relevant questions about child functioning, and to monitor a child’s progress.

03  |  Assessment Organizing Tool

 Assessment Organizing Tool: Use this tool to document information and observations gathered throughout authentic assessment. Early childhood specialists should be sure to use descriptive and objective statements when writing their assessment notes.

04  |  Video Series: Make Way for (More) Authentic Assessment

Dr. Naomi Younggren presents this series on authentic assessment as means of identifying and enhancing young children’s natural and inclusive learning opportunities. The importance of functionality is highlighted.

 Make Way for (More) Authentic Assessment: Intro
 Make Way for (More) Authentic Assessment: Part 1
 Make Way for (More) Authentic Assessment: Part 2
 Make Way for (More) Authentic Assessment: Part 3
 Make Way for (More) Authentic Assessment: Part 4a
 Make Way for (More) Authentic Assessment: Part 4b
 Make Way for (More) Authentic Assessment: Part 5

05  |  Video Series: Authentic Assessment, Child Outcomes, and the Connection

This three-part professional learning webinar series, developed by international early childhood special education expert Dr. Naomi Younggren, delves into the essential knowledge providers need for both authentic assessment and the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process. The final webinar explores how authentic assessment informs the COS process by supporting teams to achieve quality COS ratings.

 Authentic Assessment, Child Outcomes, and the Connection: Part 1
 Authentic Assessment, Child Outcomes, and the Connection: Part 2
 Authentic Assessment, Child Outcomes, and the Connection: Part 3

 

02  |  Age Anchoring

Best Practice Tip: Team members should use resources such as developmental milestone tools, curriculum-based assessment tools, and early learning guidelines and standards to provide a clear picture of age-expected skills for the child’s chronological age.

01  |  Age Anchoring Guidance for Determining Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Ratings

 Age Anchoring Guidance for Determining Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Ratings: This resource provides answers to commonly asked questions about age anchoring as it applies to the COS process. It offers guidance on how to accurately age anchor a child's functional skills and explanations of how that guidance applies to COS teams.

02  |  Supporting Every Young Learner: Maryland’s Guide to Early Childhood Pedagogy Birth to Age 8

 Supporting Every Young Learner: Maryland’s Guide to Early Childhood Pedagogy Birth to Age 8: This guide provides early childhood professionals with critical information they need to know to be able to support young children's development. It emphasizes the importance of building the foundations in the early years that will promote learning.

03  |  Healthy Beginnings Crosswalk for Maryland

 Healthy Beginnings Crosswalk for Maryland: Resource aligned with Maryland’s Early Learning Standards for children ages birth to three and the three child outcomes.

04  |  Larimer County Outcomes Age Anchoring Tool

 Larimer County Outcomes Age Anchoring Tool: Lists developmental skills and behaviors organized by age and the three child outcomes.

05  |  NC Age Anchoring Tool for use with the Child Outcomes Summary Process

 NC Age Anchoring Tool for use with the Child Outcomes Summary Process: Tool to be used in conjunction with the child outcomes summary.

06  |  ND Early Childhood Outcomes Process – Age Expectation Developmental Milestones by Age Groups

 ND Early Childhood Outcomes Process – Age Expectation Developmental Milestones by Age Groups: Lists developmental milestones by age group and child outcomes.

07  |  ND Early Childhood Outcomes Process – Age Expectation Developmental Milestones Quick Reference

 ND Early Childhood Outcomes Process – Age Expectation Developmental Milestones Quick Reference: Adapted from the longer version listed above to identify key developmental milestones by age group and child outcomes.

08  |  Child Indicators Booklet (from Virginia)

 Child Indicators Booklet (from Virginia)

 

03  |  COS Rating Prep

Best Practice Tip: Team members should record information gathered from all evaluation and functional child and family assessment sources and categorize behaviors / skills as either age-expected, immediate foundational, or foundational compared to his / her same-age peers to ensure quantifiable, objective information is used to determine the COS rating.

01  |  MD COS Rating Prep Tool

 MD COS Rating Prep Tool: Tool used to synthesize all information regarding the child’s functional abilities relative to each outcome and in light of age-expected development (i.e., age-expected, immediate foundational, and foundational). Use of the COS Rating Prep Tool helps teams quantify and visualize where the child’s behaviors / skills fall in a developmental progression (AE-IF-F) that will lead to a consensus about ratings.

 

04  |  Decision Tree

Best Practice Tip: The team must consider the full extent of each outcome to ensure the rating reflects the full range of strengths, challenges, and functioning observed across all aspects of the outcome. Emphasis is placed on functional abilities in the context of meaningful everyday routines and activities, rather than discrete or isolated behaviors or a list of single test items.

01  |  Decision Tree

 Decision Tree (without the rating numbers): Tool to guide teams in determining the COS rating AFTER they have identified all assessment information as AE-IF-F.

 Decision Tree (with the rating numbers)

02  |  Maryland Birth to K Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Rating Tool

This reference tool includes: Page 1 - questions/considerations for each of the three outcome areas to guide teams in thorough and authentic assessment activities; Page 2 - the Decision tree and the Maryland COS Descriptors with Buckets (3 versions).

Strengthening COS Practices

Maryland Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Fidelity Checklist

  Maryland Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process Fidelity Checklist  

The following checklist can be used by programs and providers to think about the implementation of each of the Core Components of the COS process in their local jurisdiction and to identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth that contribute to increased fidelity. The checklist may be used to review evidence in written form in an IFSP/IEP or to observe some or all of the components (authentic assessment, age-anchoring, COS Rating Prep Tool/documentation, and the Decision Tree discussion) of a COS process. This checklist is still in DRAFT form and as it is utilized in the field please provide feedback.

Age Anchoring Guidance for Determining Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Ratings

  Age Anchoring Guidance for Determining Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Ratings  

This resource provides answers to commonly asked questions about age anchoring as it applies to the COS process. It offers guidance to practitioners, supervisors, coaches, and professional development staff on how to accurately age anchor a child's functional skills and explanations of how that guidance applies to COS teams. Using the guidance will help practitioners age anchor for the COS in a time-efficient manner while also gathering the rich information needed to complete an effective process.

Child Outcomes Summary Team Collaboration (COS-TC) Quality Practices

  COS-TC Site     COS-TC Document

This tool provides programs and teams with materials to help define, observe, and assess recommended practices in COS implementation and ratings with families.

IFSP COS Integration Framework Flowcharts

  IFSP Flowchart     IFSP Blank Chart

These flow charts show where opportunities to collect functional information for child outcomes measurement may be integrated throughout the IFSP process. The blank chart can be used to generate ideas for local COS IFSP integration.

IEP COS Integration Framework Flowcharts

  IEP Flowchart     IEP Blank Chart

This flow charts shows where opportunities to collect functional information for child outcomes measurement may be integrated throughout the IEP process. The blank chart can be used to generate ideas for local COS IEP integration.