Serving Children with Disabilities: OSEP Indicators #3/7 Child Outcomes: Requirements & Forms

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Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners provides requirements and forms for OSEP Indicators #3/7 Child Outcomes.

Requirements Resources & Forms
County / LEA Child Participation – Entry Date

Part C

  • All children who enter and remain in the Birth to 3 Program for at least 6 months are included in the Birth to 3 Program Child Outcomes data collection.
  • Birth to 3 Program Child Outcomes entry date is the date the initial Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is completed.

Part B

  • Beginning July 1, 2011 Indicator 7 Child Outcomes is an annual data collection. It is no longer associated with the Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment Cycle.
  • LEA entry date is the projected IEP Implementation Date.
  • LEA's are responsible for collecting child outcomes data on all children within the 3-6 age range who enter Early Childhood Special Education for whom the LEA develops an initial IEP. *See Exceptions Below

    LEA’s do NOT include the following three groups of children in their child outcomes cohort:

    1. Children who transfer from another LEA for whom your LEA accepts the Initial IEP.

    2. Children who enter your LEA less than 6 months (181 days) from their 6th birthday.

    3. Children with Services Plans who are being served in private schools.






Child Outcomes Ages 3-5 Decision Tree (Revised August 2016 - pdf)


Indicator 7 Child Outcomes Timeline (link to pdf)

Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) Completion

Part C

A Birth to 3 Program team may choose to complete the Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF) using the same process followed by school districts or may utilize the state IFSP form that integrates the child outcomes process (rating, evidence, and sources of information) into the document.

Part B

A district develops a team process to: collect and organize information, use the Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF) within teams and make determinations about ratings. Input from parents must be included when gathering information on the child's level of functioning.

Using the COSF, the team determines the entry rating within 60 days of entry for each child.

Follow the entry cohort and complete the Child Outcomes Summary form for each child at the time the child exits from the child outcomes sample cohort (see section below for exit date).




Child Outcomes Bucket List(pdf)



Child Outcome Summary Form

Child Rating Worksheet





Ongoing Assessment Process

Part C & Part B

  • Throughout the entire period of time the child is receiving early intervention or special education services, teams implement an on-going assessment system utilizing one of the approved, recommended assessment tools to gather information on children's growth and development.

WI Child Outcomes Recommended Assessment Tools (pdf)

Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities: Recommendations for Curriculum, Assessment & Program Evaluation (pdf)

Assessment in Early Childhood (Video)

Wisconsin Assessment Principles (pdf)

NAEYC - Where We Stand on Addressing Young English Language Learners (pdf)


Exit Date

Part C

Three different dates can be considered as a child's exit date from the Birth to 3 Child Outcomes system:

  • The date the child turns 3.
  • The date the child moves out of the county program and is not involved in another Birth to 3 Program, or
  • The date the child is determined to be no longer in need of Birth to 3 Program services and all services have been closed in PPS.

Part B

Three different dates that can be considered as a child’s exit from the district’s sample cohort:

  • The date the child turns 6.
  • The date the child moves / transfers out of the district, or
  • The date the child is determined to be no longer eligible for services.

Reporting Data to the State

Part C

  • Child Outcomes data for the Birth to 3 Program is reported on the Program Participation System (PPS). Entry ratings must be entered into PPS within 60 calendar days from the initial IFSP date. Exit data must be entered into PPS on or within 60 days prior to the child’s third birthday or in other words, between 34-36 months of age.

Part B

  • Child outcomes data for school districts is reported on the DPI Special Education Web Portal – Child Outcomes Database. Entry ratings must be entered into the database within 60 days of the child’s IEP initial placement signature date. Exit data must be entered into the child outcomes database within 30 days of the child’s exit date.

Program Participation System (PPS) Information

NEW LINK Special Education Portal Child Outcomes Application


Maintaining Local Records

Part C & Part B

Maintain local records of the Child Outcomes Summary Form.


Ensuring a Quality Local System

Part C & Part B

The Child Outcomes Continuum of Practices is intended to be used by district and county personnel to review their local system for carrying out the child outcomes process with fidelity. It is recommended that a review of local practices be done annually.

Instructions: Indicator 3/7 Child Outcomes Continuum of Practices (pdf)

Indicator 3/7 Child Outcomes Continuum of Practices (pdf)


Updated 3/3/2017