Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Outcomes Measurement: Child Outcomes Calculators & Graphing Templates


XLS: Summary Statements Calculator

Convert your state’s OSEP progress category data for the three child outcomes to the summary statements. The calculator can be used by all states to generate percentages related to the summary statements, regardless of the child outcomes measurement approach. (updated April 2011)

  • Summary Statement 1: Of those children who entered the program below age expectations in each outcome, the percent who substantially increased their rate of growth by the time they exited the program.
  • Summary Statement 2: The percent of children who were functioning within age expectations in each outcome by the time they exited the program.
  • PDF: Summary Statement Definitions: A one-page description to help staff and other stakeholders understand the summary statements. (updated April 2011)

Meaningful Differences Calculators

These calculators compute the 90% confidence interval around state and local summary statement values. Confidence intervals can be used to understand the precision of summary statement values; however, summary statement values with very large confidence intervals (more than ±5%) should be interpreted with caution.

Graphing Templates

After entering data into these worksheets, graphs can be copied and pasted into other files, such as presentations and reports.

XLS: Longitudinal Child Outcomes Summary Statements Graphing Template

Create longitudinal graphs of your state’s summary statement data. (updated May 2018)

XLS: National-State Child Outcomes Data Graphing Template

Create graphs that compare your state’s summary statement data to the national estimates. The worksheet includes an option to compare the national OSEP progress categories to state data. National data in the calculator are for FFY 2016, submitted by states in February 2018. (updated May 2018)

XLS: ITCA Eligibility Category Calculator

Create graphs that compare child outcomes data to the unweighted average of the states who meet the national analysis quality criteria in the same ITCA eligibility category. (updated September 2017)

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