Overview of the Child Outcomes Summary Process (Indicator 7)


The Child Outcomes Summary Process (COS) is a team process for summarizing information related to a child’s progress on each of the Indicator 7 three child outcome areas. The COS process is an effective way to use multiple sources of information to describe a child’s function on each outcome area.  

The COS process is NOT an assessment instrument. It is a process used for summarizing across multiple sources of information about the child. Using the COS process does not require that programs collect more data about children’s progress; it is a mechanism that allows programs to summarize assessment information for federal reporting as well as for their own purposes, such as for accountability, program planning, and program improvement.