Timely Notification to LEA & SEA Federal Indicator

Timely Notification to LEA & SEA Federal Indicator 

One of the federal compliance indicators reported annually to OSEP by Massachusetts Early Intervention is:

The percentage of toddlers with disabilities exiting Part C with timely transition planning for whom the Lead Agency has notified (consistent with any opt-out policy adopted by the State) the SEA and the LEA where the toddler resides at least 90 days prior to the toddler’s third birthday for toddlers potentially eligible for Part B preschool services
Note: In Massachusetts the State Educational Agency (SEA) is the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Massachusetts has a separate process for notifying DESE of children referred to an LEA. LEA referral data is entered into a program’s Transition Survey System (TSS) and transmitted to DPH. Each week DPH identifies new LEA referred children entered into the TSS and transmits this information to DESE.
Massachusetts’ fiscal year percentage for this indicator was 89.20%. Although our LEA referral percentage was higher at 99.97% we are required to use the lower percent of either the LEA referral or SEA notification for federal reporting. Therefore, it is important that your TSS data be transmitted to DPH according to Linda’s Rule of Thumb: “Enter data today, transmit tonight.” This is especially true for children deemed to be “almost late EI referrals” (a referral where the IFSP is signed when the child is between 30 and 32 months of age).