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Many states use the COS process to collect child outcomes data for federal reporting purposes. These documents explain how the information produced from the COS process can be used to classify a child into one of the 5 reporting categories that make up the OSEP reporting requirement on child outcomes.

This online interactive explains how data obtained from the COS process is converted to the child outcomes data that states report annually to the federal government. A set of calculators is included to allow users to explore how the data are converted.

This calculator was designed to show what OSEP reporting categories are generated from all possible combinations of COS ratings at entry and exit. Open the file and be sure you are in the worksheet labeled "Tutor." Follow the instructions to see how different combinations of COS ratings leads to one of the 5 OSEP reporting categories. The tutor allows you to experiment with various combinations of outcomes ratings and progress question answers to see what OSEP category each combination produces.

This Excel file can be used (or adapted for use by someone who knows Excel) with large data sets of COS ratings (up to 12,000 rows). The calculator will use summary form ratings data to:

- Generate OSEP progress category information and charts on child outcomes
- Generate OSEP summary statement percentages and charts on
- Generate entry and exit COS ratings and charts for all three child outcomes
- Generate description information on “a” and “e” progress categories across all three outcomes
- Summarize data issues (e.g., missing data, valid data)

This document contains 3 tables. The first two tables show the OSEP reporting category generated from all *possible* combinations of COS ratings at entry and exit. The third table presents combinations of entrance and exit ratings that are *impossible* and provides explanations for why.