State Fiscal Year 2006
In accordance with Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS) must annually report state and county performance on required early intervention indicators to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The indicators are addressed in the FFY 2005-2010 NJEIS State Performance Plan (SPP) and FFY 2005-2006 NJEIS Annual Performance Report (APR).
The first NJEIS state and county performance reports posted in October 2007 provide information on performance from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. For this first year of public reporting, performance data are provided both statewide and in individual county reports for the following indicators:
Indicator 1. Percent of infants and toddlers with IFSPs who receive the early intervention services on their IFSPs in a timely manner. The NJEIS defines timely services as services provided within 30 calendar days from the date the parent(s) documents consent for the services through the IFSP.
Indicator 2. Percent of infants and toddlers with IFSPs who primarily receive early intervention services in their home or in programs for typically developing children.
Indicator 5. Percent of infants and toddlers age birth to 1 with IFSPs on 12/1/05 as compared to the total number of children who are birth to one year.
Indicator 6. Percent of infants and toddlers age birth to 3 with IFSPs on 12/1/05 as compared to the total number of children who are age three through five years.
Indicator 7. Percent of eligible infants and toddlers with IFSPs for whom an evaluation and assessment and an initial IFSP meeting were held within 45 calendar days from referral.
Indicator 8a. Percent of eligible infants and toddlers whose IFSPs contains transition steps and services.
Indicator 8b. Percent of eligible infants and toddlers with IFSPs for whom notification was made to the school district if the child is potentially eligible for preschool special education.
Indicator 8c. Percent of eligible infants and toddlers with IFSPs for whom a transition conference was held at least 90 days before age 3, if the child is potentially eligible for preschool special education.
In future years, as data on progress toward established targets are available, state and county performance on the following additional indicators will be added to the public reports:
Indicator 3a. Percent of infants and toddlers with IFSPs who demonstrate improved positive social-emotional skills (including social relationships).
Indicator 3b. Percent of infants and toddlers with IFSPs who demonstrate improved acquisition and use of knowledge and skills (including early language/ communication).
Indicator 3c. Percent of infants and toddlers with IFSPs who demonstrate improved use of appropriate behaviors to meet their needs.
Indicator 4a. Percent of families who report that early intervention services have helped the family know their rights.
Indicator 4b. Percent of families who report that early intervention services have helped the family effectively communicate their children's needs.
Indicator 4c. Percent of families who report that early intervention services have helped the family help their children develop and learn
County Performance Reports
Each County Performance Report includes a listing of the Early Intervention Programs (EIPs) and the Targeted Evaluation Teams that serve the county. Each report also includes information on the number of children served on December 1, 2005 and the number of referrals the county received in 2005-2006.
County performance on each indicator is displayed in relation to the performance of other counties of similar size and in relation to the State target and the State’s overall performance for 05-06. For purposes of monitoring, the twenty-one counties serving families in NJEIS are grouped into one of three categories – large, medium and small.
The data being reported in these County Performance Reports are from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. In some cases, a county’s performance during that time period for a particular indicator was found to be in noncompliance with federal regulations. According to federal requirements, that county would have been given a corrective action plan (CAP) with specified timelines and benchmarks for correction. In these instances, a note is provided indicating the current status of the county’s CAP in September 2007.
When reviewing these reports, please note:
- For half the counties, there will be no data reported for Indicator 1 for this time period since NJEIS reports monitoring data on this indicator for each county every two years; and
- For Indicators 5 and 6, no comparison to counties of like size is included since these indicators report on the percentage of children served and comparisons are not relevant.