MD Child Outcomes Gateway  

Getting Started

Data Informed Decision-Making

  TAP-IT Process [link to infographic]

The TAP-IT Process that incorporates team, analyze, plan, implement, and track

The TAP-IT process guides leaders and service providers through a structured examination of data and inquiry. Through the use of the TAP-IT process, local teams can make decisions to improve child and family outcomes. TAP-IT includes a five-stage decision-making cycle with specific protocols designed to guide decision making through a systematic process using relevant data sources to:

  • identify focus areas for outcome development,
  • select appropriate evidence-based practices
  • monitor the quality of intervention, and
  • determine the effectiveness of selected interventions in producing positive outcomes for children and their families.

TAP-IT is recursive and designed to promote the on-going use of data in decision making at all levels.
The TAP-IT process, designed for broader systemic change is also applicable to decision making, planning and implementation for individual children and their families.

COS Data Resources

Converting COS Data to OSEP Progress Categories / Summary Statements

  Online Interactive    

This new online interactive resource includes an engaging, easy-to-understand video that explains how individual Child Outcomes Summary (COS) data are converted to the national data reported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Summary Statement Definitions

  Handout - Summary Statement Definitions    

This handout explains how Summary Statement #1 and Summary Statement #2 are calculated

Understanding Developmental Trajectories

  Activity - Developmental Trajectories (Word)     Key - Developmental Trajectories (Word)

This activity can support staff in understanding developmental trajectories associated with the five COS Categories (A - E).

Calculating OSEP Categories and Impossible Data

  Calculating Categories/Impossible Data (PDF)    

These tables show the OSEP reporting category generated from all possible combinations of COS ratings at entry, annual, and exit.

Child Outcomes Data Analysis Webinar

  Recorded Webinar     Printable Webinar Slides [PDF]

This webinar highlights the use of essential questions to guide analyses of child outcomes data for program improvement, as well as child-level progress monitoring.

Checking Outcome Data for Quality: Looking for Patterns

  Looking for Patterns [PDF]    

This table describes strategies for using data analysis to improve the quality of state data by looking for patterns that indicate potential issues for further investigation.

Program Improvement Resources

Local Child Outcomes Measurement System (L-COMS)

  Local Child Outcomes Measurement System (L-COMS)    

This 2017 resource provides a framework that identifies seven key components of a high-quality child outcomes measurement system at the lcoal level. The L-COMS and two related resources were developed for local Part C and Part B 619/Preschool programs to evaluate their systems and to encourage and support local efforts to improve those systems.

Analyzing Child Outcomes Data: Guidance Table

  Guidance Table [PDF]    

This guidance table is designed to help identify key issues, questions, and approaches for analyzing and interpreting data on outcomes for young children with disabilities. The tool outlines a series of steps related to defining analysis questions, clarifying expectations, analyzing data, testing inferences, and conducting data-based program improvement planning. It also includes examples of questions, approaches, and sample figures to consider.