Local Program Performance Data On State Performance Plan Indicators and Targets
EI Local Program Performance Data Report Overview
What is Early Intervention Local Program Performance Data?
The U.S. Department of Education requires that each state have in place a performance plan evaluating the state’s implementation of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), which defines early intervention services for infants and toddlers from birth through age two and their families. This plan is called the Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and describes program targets and improvement strategies for various areas of performance. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is the oversight agency in the Commonwealth for the Part C program, also known as Early Intervention (EI), and oversees that all federal requirements are adhered to as well as implements state standards and eligibility definitions for this program. The Department is required to submit an SPP and to report annually on the state’s progress in meeting the program targets set in the SPP. The annual progress report is called the Part C Annual Performance Report (APR). The Local Program Performance Data report provides data on the SPP indicators or areas of performance reported annually on the APR for each of the Early Intervention (EI) programs that provide direct services to infants and toddlers and their families.
Why are these indicators important?
The indicators or areas of performance are monitoring priorities identified and tracked by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that early intervention services are provided in accordance with federal regulations and state standards. This ensures that local EI programs provide high quality support and services to children and families. Each indicator has a state target, designated by either a federal or state requirement, that all EI programs are expected to reach and maintain.
How will this information be used?
SPP and APR indicator information is used for quality improvement purposes and to determine compliance with federal and state requirements. Through a process of setting targets, analyzing data and tracking progress, the state and local EI programs can identify areas of strength and areas that need improvement. Plans are then developed to address concerns and continue EI program successes. How can I use this information? For each indicator you will find information in this report about the statewide performance and the performance of each EI program. A check mark appears when an EI program has met or surpassed the state target for an indicator.