This chart, issued by the IDEA Data Center, outlines the differences in key elements between voluntary coordinated early intervening services and required comprehensive coordinated early intervening services (CCEIS) key elements. The key elements compared are grade level, ages, and groups served; funds; permitted activities; and reporting requirements. The chart also provides citations for IDEA regulations.
Part B – Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS)
These final regulations on significant disproportionality, effective January 18, 2017, consist of an analysis of comments to the proposed regulations and changes to how states determine significant disproportionality and implement comprehensive CEIS based on significant disproportionality.
OSEP released a Q&A guidance document to answer questions as states begin engaging their stakeholders around the implementation of the revised significant disproportionality final regulations effective January 18, 2017. Section C “Remedies” of the Q&A document addresses policies, practices, and procedures regarding CEIS; funding comprehensive CEIS; implications for LEA Maintenance of Effort; and more.
Following the revised significant disproportionality regulations, effective January 18, 2017, OSEP released a Model State Timeline to help states prepare for full compliance in school year 2018-2019. States may use this suggested timeline in accordance with the Significant Disproportionality (Equity in IDEA) Essential Questions and Answers (Q&A) for guidance while preparing to implement the new rule.
Issued by the U.S. Department of Education, this final rule postponed the compliance date for implementing the significant disproportionality regulations (released December 16, 2016) by two years, from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2020. The rule also postponed the date children ages 3 through 5 must be included in the analysis of significant disproportionality, from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2022. The rule announcement includes an analysis of public comments provided to the earlier notice of proposed rulemaking.
Developed jointly by IDC and CIFR, this practice guide provides examples of voluntary and comprehensive CEIS, including scenarios for providing professional development and providing CEIS over multiple years. For each scenario, the practice guide describes how the LEA or state could document the amount the LEA reserved for voluntary or comprehensive CEIS; the activities conducted using IDEA funds for voluntary or comprehensive CEIS; the target group of children; and ongoing child-level data about special education identification.
The CEIS Fiscal and Student Data Tracker helps states and LEAs report on fiscal, service, and student CEIS data at the state, LEA, school, and provider levels. In accordance with IDEA regulations, the Tracker helps users collect data on the areas of significant disproportionality requiring CEIS spending, whether an LEA provided voluntary or comprehensive CEIS, amounts of IDEA funds reserved and expended, types of CEIS activity, students receiving CEIS, and if and when those students are found eligible for special education and related services.
Updated to reflect 2016 changes in the IDEA Part B regulations on significant disproportionality, this three-page quick reference guide helps SEAs, LEAs, and stakeholders understand basic CEIS requirements stipulated in IDEA. Created by CIFR in collaboration with the IDEA Data Center, it describes the requirements for the provision of CEIS, the use of CEIS funds, the interaction of CEIS funds and LEA maintenance of effort reduction, and reporting obligations. It concludes with questions and additional resources for states to consider.
Developed by CIFR, the Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) Resources: Step by Step is designed to help state and local educational agencies navigate the steps associated with planning for, providing, and tracking comprehensive or voluntary CEIS. For each CEIS step, the interactive organizer provides links to TA Centers, tools, and resources that may assist users to understand and implement that step. Pay particular attention to the many helpful resources created by the IDEA Data Center (IDC). This resource was updated based on significant disproportionality regulations released December 2016.
This OSEP letter clarifies that district use of CEIS funds must be used to supplement state, local, and other federal funds, not to supplant those funds. It also answers a question about the allowance for reduction in MOE due to improved efficiencies of transportation costs with no reduction in special education and related services. The only exceptions and adjustments that apply to LEA MOE requirements are described in the regulations. See 34 CFR §300.202(a)(3) and 34 CFR §§300.204 and 300.205.