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Subject: OSEP Changes to ECSE Educational Environments

Source: Mary Corey, Director, Data Coordination

Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education

Date: May 10, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) notified states recently that changes to the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) educational environments have been approved - and must be implemented immediately.  These changes will go into effect for the 2010-11 school year; unfortunately, this means that the revised educational environments will need to be reported for the December 2010 child count via the December MOSIS Student Core file. 

PLEASE NOTE: This data collection is not special education placement data; this is not an IEP team decision, but rather is reporting data based on educational environments.

The changes involve replacing the current codes used for children who are attending a regular early childhood program (00A1, 00A2, and 00A3).

The current codes do not reference where the majority of special education services are delivered and do not reference the total amount of time the children are attending the regular early childhood program.

The educational environments for children who are NOT attending a regular early childhood program have NOT been changed.  In addition, no changes have been made to the school-age educational environments.

We will be providing additional information shortly, as well as, announcing plans for technical assistance about these changes in data collection.

The four new educational environments for children who are attending a regular early childhood program are as follows:

1. The child is receiving the majority of hours of special education and related services in the Regular Early Childhood Program (and the child attends a Regular Early Childhood Program at least 10 hours per week).

2. The child is receiving the majority of hours of special education and related services in some other location (and the child attends a Regular Early Childhood Program at least 10 hours per week).

3. The child is receiving the majority of hours of special education and related services in the Regular Early Childhood Program (and the child attends a Regular Early Childhood Program less than 10 hours per week).

4. The child is receiving the majority of hours of special education and related services in some other location (and the child attends a Regular Early Childhood Program less than 10 hours per week).

We will notify you via SELS when more comprehensive technical assistance and revised code sets are available.  In the meantime, you may want to begin gathering information on the number of hours children are spending in regular early childhood programs so you are able to determine the appropriate educational environment for reporting purposes. 

If you have questions, please contact the Data Coordination Section at 573-751-8165, 573-751-7848, or webreplyspedc@dese.mo.gov.