Differentiated Monitoring and Support (DMS) 2.0
In 2016, OSEP began implementing differentiated monitoring and support (DMS) with states as part of its Results Driven Accountability (RDA) system for both Part B and Part C. Under RDA, OSEP made a shift from monitoring based solely on compliance to monitoring and support focused on both compliance and improving results for children with disabilities.
OSEP differentiates its approach for each state based on the state's unique strengths, progress, challenges, and needs, and according to their policies and procedures and their implementation for each of the following three components of a states' general supervision system:
- General Supervision (Integrated Monitoring, Sustaining Compliance and Results, Data and SPP/APR)
- Dispute Resolution (State Complaint, Due Process, Mediation)
DMS 2.0 Schedule and Phases
As of FFY 2020, Part B and Part C general supervision systems are monitored by OSEP according to a five-year cycle. This Overview of the OSEP DMS System and DMS 2.0 Framework with Evidence and Intended Outcomes informs states and stakeholders about DMS 2.0.
OSEP provides DMS 2.0 Resources for Grantees, including a monitoring schedule, which assigns states a monitoring cohort over the five years. States in each cohort will engage in a three-phase cycle of DMS 2.0 monitoring activities with OSEP.
Additional Information from OSEP
OSEP has provided information to states about DMS 2.0 in numerous National TA calls since FFY 2020.
The ECTA System Framework for building and sustaining high-quality early intervention and preschool special education systems is a resource for state agencies in preparing early for OSEP DMS 2.0 monitoring. It includes the following components:
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