October 7, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. OSEP IDEA 2004 Topic Briefs
      Source: OSEP - Retrieved October 6, 2005
  2. Notice reopening competitions or extending application deadline dates for certain direct grant and fellowship programs.
      Source: Federal Register: October 7, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 194)
  3. Getting Ahead of the Next Disaster, a Commentary by Jack Shonkoff
      Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - October 4, 2005
  4. New on the Early Childhood Outcomes Center Web Site
      Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - October 6, 2005
  5. Scholars Find Kindergarten Retention Fails to Help - and May Hinder - Academic Achievement in Reading and Mathematics
      Source: American Educational Research Association - October 3, 2005

1. OSEP IDEA 2004 Topic Briefs

Source: OSEP - Retrieved October 6, 2005

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has developed a series of topic briefs around several high-interest areas of IDEA. Topic briefs include a summary of all relevant statutory language around that topic, the citations and a cross-reference, when applicable, to other related briefs. The OSEP IDEA 2004 Topic Briefs have officially been released and can now be found at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/idea2004.html (scan down to the section entitled Technical Assistance Tools).

Two of the briefs are specific to Part C. These include:

Links to these papers are also available on the NECTAC Web site at http://www.nectac.org/idea/Idea2004topics.asp.

2. Notice reopening competitions or extending application deadline dates for certain direct grant and fellowship programs.

Source: Federal Register: October 7, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 194)

The Secretary of Education extends the deadline dates for the submission of applications for several programs. In all of the affected competitions the Secretary is making new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2006. The Secretary takes this action to allow more time for the preparation and submission of applications by potential applicants who have been affected by Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita and are located in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. The reopening and extension of the programs or competitions are intended to help potential applicants compete fairly with other applicants under these programs.

One of the affected programs or competitions is 84.373X: Special Education--Technical Assistance on State Data Collection--IDEA General Supervision Enhancement Grant. For complete information go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-20263.htm

3. Getting Ahead of the Next Disaster, a Commentary by Jack Shonkoff

Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - October 4, 2005

Getting Ahead of the Next Disaster: Unless we act immediately, the children of Katrina and Rita will be permanently damaged by the effects of traumatic stress. Here's what we can do. This commentary by Jack P. Shonkoff, chair of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, is available at http://www.developingchild.net/papers/disaster_oped.pdf [Note: Link checked on 2/22/2007 - this document is no longer available online].

4. New on the Early Childhood Outcomes Center Web Site

Source: Early Childhood Outcomes Center - October 6, 2005

The following new items have recently been made available on the Early Childhood Outcomes Center Web site:

  • Instrument Crosswalks
    In the process of working with states on outcome development and measurement approaches, the ECO Center cross-referenced the functional skills assessed by various published instruments with the three child outcomes required by OSEP for Part B/619 and Part C programs, to assess the degree to which these instruments measure the required outcomes.
  • Child Outcomes Summary Form
    This Summary Form is a draft and is still undergoing revisions based on pilot testing. The ECO Center is releasing it so that states can have a sense of what the Summary Form might look like and what it could do for them. New versions of the Summary Form will be released as they are developed. Continue to check the ECO web site for revisions.
  • Family Outcomes Survey
    ECO Center staff are currently preparing a resource document for states, giving examples of various ways family outcome data can be collected. They also are developing a brief inventory that could provide another alternative from which states could choose. The scale, currently referred to as the Family Outcomes Survey, is in a revised draft form.
  • Frequently Asked Questions regarding the SPP/APR - Early Childhood Outcomes (Part C Indicator #3 and Part B Indicator #7)
    Published Sept. 8, 2005, this document answers common questions related to SPP/APR.
To access all of these items and more, go to http://ectacenter.org/eco/

5. Scholars Find Kindergarten Retention Fails to Help - and May Hinder - Academic Achievement in Reading and Mathematics

Source: American Educational Research Association - October 3, 2005

For nearly 100 years, educators have debated the benefits of grade retention versus social promotion. A new examination of research on this perennially-controversial issue indicates that retention does not improve achievement among kindergartners in reading or mathematics, nor does it facilitate instruction by making classrooms more homogeneous academically. The report, based on the dissertation of Guanglei Hong, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, appears in the fall issue of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA), a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal published by the American Educational Research Association. To read a summary of the findings, go to http://www.aera.net/newsmedia/?id=889