The federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) requires local school districts to report outcomes data for every child ages three through five who receives special education services. Early childhood outcomes data is collected when a child begins to receive special education services and again when the child exits
from preschool special education services. Additional information about early childhood outcomes reporting can be found on this parent information sheet.
Early childhood outcomes for preschool children receiving special education services are reported
annually to OSPI. The Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) is the tool used in Washington to measure early childhood outcomes.
Child Outcomes Step By Step (Video, 2011). This 9-minute video is an introduction to the early childhood outcomes for young children ages birth through five. Produced by the Early Childhood Outcomes Center.
Introduction to Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) (OSPI, 1/09, PDF)
This Power Point describes the requirement for reporting COSF data and outlines the basic process of collecting COSF data.
Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) Refresher Training (OSPI, Fall 2009, PDF)
This Power Point provides advanced information for special education staff and administrators responsible for collecting COSF data.
Washington State webinar with ECO Center (OSPI and ECO, 07/13/11, PDF)
This webinar was conducted with the national Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center and the Early Childhood Coordinators at Washington's nine educational service districts. The topic of the webinar is using COSF data for program improvement.
Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center Web site
This is the national technical assistance center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. The website offers a comprehensive set of resources for state and local administrators, teachers, and families related to implementation of a high-quality outcomes system for early childhood special education programs.