Online modules: Child Outcome Summary (COS) Process and Practices (Indicator 7)


A comprehensive online module has been developed jointly by the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSY) to support those who provide instruction or related services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities.  The module provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. The course can be used by an individual or can be used to provide professional development to a group.

Over the course of multiple sessions, participants will learn about:

•why child outcomes data are collected;

•the key features of the COS process;

•the essential knowledge needed to complete the COS process;

•how the three child outcomes are measured through the process;

•how to identify accurate COS ratings using a team-based process;

•the importance of comparing children’s current functional performance to age-expected functioning;

•when and how to measure progress in the three child outcome areas; and

•how each rating, and the evidence that supports the rating, should be documented on the Child Outcome Summary Form (COS).

Users must register to access the sessions. Participants will be automatically redirected to the module after registering. The module is self-paced, so practitioners may access it as often as desired. Participants will need to save the registration information and link to the course for future use.