ECO Resources: Calculators and Graphing Templates
Summary Statements Calculator
The ECO Center has devised a summary statements calculator, which is a tool that allows states to take their OSEP progress category data for the three child outcomes and convert it to the summary statements which will be used for target setting. This calculator can be used by all states to generate percentages related to the summary statements, regardless of the child outcomes measurement approach. The summary statements for each of the three outcomes for Part C and 619 are the following:
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.
Summary Statement Definitions: A one-page description to help staff and other stakeholders understand the summary statements- April 2011
Summary Statements Calculator- revised April 2011
Meaningful Differences Calculator
This Microsoft Excel template allows states to look at the statistical significance of change in the states summary statements from year to year. In addition, it allows a state to compare local performance on each summary statement to the state’s performance to see if the difference is statistically significant. The calculator also computes the 90% confidence interval around the state and local summary statement values. This tool can be used to identify important differences between year to year performance in a state and to identify local programs that are performing statistically higher of lower than the state. The confidence intervals can be used to understand the precision of the summary statement values. Summary statement values with very large confidence intervals (more than ± 10%) should be interpreted with caution.
National-State Summary Statements Graphing Template
The ECO Center has devised a Microsoft Excel template that allows states to take their OSEP summary statements for the three child outcomes and compare them to the national estimates. After entering state summary statement data into the worksheet, users can copy and paste the graphs into other files such as presentations and reports.
- National Child Outcomes Data Graphing Template- FFY 2011 child outcomes data submitted by states to OSEP in February 2013
National-State Family Data (Indicator C4) Graphing Template
This Microsoft Excel template allows states to take their OSEP C4 data (Family Outcomes) and compare their state data to the national data in the three sub-indicator areas. After entering your state's family data into the worksheet, the graphs can be copied and pasted into presentations, reports, and other files.
- National Family Outcomes Data Graphing Template- FFY 2011 family outcomes data submitted by states to OSEP in February 2013
Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Calculators
The ECO Center has developed an Excel file designed to show what OSEP reporting categories are generated from all possible combinations of COS ratings at entry and exit. COS Calculators: Getting from COS Ratings to the OSEP Reporting Categories can be found on the Calculating Progress page.