July 6, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. First Quarter 2004 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities
      Source: What's New at OSEP - June 30, 2004
  2. IDEA Reauthorization: Side-by-Side Comparing House and Senate Bills with Current law.
      Source: Recent News from NAPAS - June 24, 2004
  3. Comment Request - Early Reading First National Evaluation
      Source: Federal Register - June 30, 2004
  4. Enhancing Services in Natural Environments: Resources from a Series of Conference Calls with the Experts
      Source: OSEP Part C Settings Community of Practice - June 2004
  5. Early Childhood Programs and Evaluation
      Source: The Evaluation Exchange, Vol. X, No.2 - Summer 2004
  6. No Child Left Behind Policy Brief: Implications for the Early Learning Field
      Source: Education Commission of the States - Retreived July 6, 2004

1. First Quarter 2004 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities

Source: What's New at OSEP - June 30, 2004

Correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the First Quarter of CY 2004 that describes the interpretations of IDEA or the regulations that implement IDEA are now available online. Some documents have been redacted. Go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2004-1/index.html.

2. IDEA Reauthorization: Side-by-Side Comparing House and Senate Bills with Current law.

Source: Recent News from NAPAS - June 24, 2004

The National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS) recently published a side-by-side analysis of Senate Bill 1248, House Bill 1350 and IDEA 97. The "Side by Side Comparison of Senate Bill 1248 (passed on May 13, 2004) and House Bill 1350 (passed on April 30, 2003) with Parts A and B of the IDEA (Current Law) is available online at http://www.napas.org/issues/edu/3_way_side_by_side_final.pdf.

3. Comment Request - Early Reading First National Evaluation

Source: Federal Register - June 30, 2004

The following request for comments from the Department of Education was recently published in the Federal Register:

  • Comment Request; Early Reading First National Evaluation

For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2004-2/063004d.html.

4. Enhancing Services in Natural Environments: Resources from a Series of Conference Calls with the Experts

Source: OSEP Part C Settings Community of Practice - June 2004

A recent series of "ask the expert" calls described various service approaches or models and training methods used across the country to improve services to young children and their families in natural environments. The first seven presenters described his/her:

  • service approach and key practices
  • definition of key terms
  • underlying principles and major supporting research
  • training, technical assistance, and materials

The eighth call provided a summary of various approaches in the context of information about adopting or adapting innovation. Each presenter's biographical information, PowerPoint presentation, hand-outs and other web resources are available for downloading at http://www.nectac.org/~calls/2004/partcsettings/partcsettings.asp.

All 8 presentations were recorded. Ordering information for tapes and CD's will be available soon.

5. Early Childhood Programs and Evaluation

Source: The Evaluation Exchange, Vol. X, No.2 - Summer 2004

The Summer 2004 issue of The Evaluation Exchange, published by the Harvard Family Research Project, charts the course of early childhood programming and evaluation over nearly half a century. Contributing authors offer a range of views on how best to communicate the importance of investing in a child's early years and how to improve early childhood programs and policies. Several articles consider the explosion of science—from longitudinal studies of child outcomes to a large-scale demonstration program—that has helped forward our understanding of how young children learn and grow. Finally, a number of articles suggest that better information is needed to close the persistent gap in achievement between children from low-income families and those from middle-income homes. Available online at http://www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/eval/issue26/.

6. No Child Left Behind Policy Brief: Implications for the Early Learning Field

Source: Education Commission of the States - Retreived July 6, 2004

No Child Left Behind Policy Brief: Implications for the Early Learning Field (June 2004) - this new policy brief from the Education Commission of the States examines NCLB's implications for the early learning field. Available at http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/51/82/5182.pdf.