DEC Comments on IDEA Data Collection

January 7, 2019

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children submitted the following comments in response to the November 6, 2018 notice in the Federal Register regarding public comment on required IDEA data collections. DEC is the largest membership organization focused solely on the development and education of young children (ages birth–8) with or at risk for disabilities and other special needs and their families. 

 

DEC supports the collection and use of high-quality data to inform state and local continual improvement to support the provision of evidenced-based practice to enhance outcomes for children and their families. We take this opportunity to comment only on the preschool specific questions related to environments as included in “Directed question 24: Pre-school Educational Environments: ED would like to understand