The Child Outcomes Summary (COS) summarizes information on a child's functioning in each of the three child outcome areas using a 7-point scale (2017). With the COS process, a team of individuals who are familiar with a child (including parents) can consider multiple sources of information about his/her functioning, including parent/provider observation and results from direct assessment.
Additionally, the COS process allows early intervention and early childhood special education programs to synthesize information about children across different assessment tools to produce data that can be summarized across programs in the state, as well as across states for a national picture. The ECTA Center developed a print resource providing an Overview of the COS Process (2017).
The ECTA Center and DaSy Center developed an online learning module that provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. Over the course of multiple sessions, participants learn about:
After registering for the module, you will be automatically redirected to it. The module is self-paced, so you can access it as many times as you need to. For additional training materials related to the COS process, see our COS Professional Development Resources.
Many states use the COS process to collect child outcomes data for federal reporting purposes. ECTA DaSy developed Interactive Guide to Converting COS Data to OSEP Progress Categories/Summary Statements that explains how the data obtained from the COS process is converted to the child outcomes data that states report annually to the federal government.