Early Childhood Accountability System Overview

The purpose of the EC Accountability system is to evaluate the effectiveness of preschool special education based on results for children.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) requires that states report on the progress of preschool children with disabilities receiving special education and related services.

The EC Accountability Fact Sheet provides additional information, including an overview of MSDE's plans for developing a system.

The EC Accountability PowerPoint presentation provides a comprehensive overview as well as the functional child outcomes.

Early Childhood Accountability System Tutorial

-ECAS Tutorial

Download the full ECAS Tutorial below. 

To view all content in the presentation, be sure that you first download and save the presentation to your computer.  Then, open it and switch to "Notes" mode, by clicking on View, and then Notes when you have the presentation open.


ECAS Tutorial

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In this age of accountability, policymakers are asking questions about the outcomes achieved by programs supported by public funds.   Judging the effectiveness of any program requires looking at results, not simply at the process. The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education now requires states to report outcomes data for children served through Part C and Part B Preschool of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as part of their Annual Performance Report. Many states plan to use data on child and family outcomes to improve their programs in addition to providing the required information to the federal government.   Source:  Early Childhood Outcomes Q&A.

Maryland has developed the Early Childhood Accountability System (ECAS) to comply with both Federal and State requirements.  Click on the link on the right to download the ECAS tutorial.

MMSR Exemplars

MMSR Exemplars


MMSR Exemplars


Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) Exemplars are now available for P3, P4 and K, Fall/Entry and Spring/Exit.  In addition, Framework and Standards documents are available for P3 and P4 (9/15/08).

Click on the link on the right to access and download the exemplars.

Preschool MMSR Modules

PowerPoint Presentations

The Preschool MMSR training series consists of 4 modules which are 2 ½ hours in length each and may be delivered individually or by two modules at a time over a 5 hour session.  The intended audience is educators and service providers for three and four year old children with disabilities who receive services under an Extended IFSP or IEP.   The PowerPoint presentations (available to download on the right) provide an overview of the content covered in the 4 modules.

For more information about the modules and local program training opportunities, please contact Nancy Vorobey, Early Childhood Intervention and Education Branch, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, Maryland State Department of Education.

MSDE Public Website of State Performance Plan Results

The Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center seeks to promote the development and implementation of child and family outcome measures for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities to be used in local, state, and national accountability systems.

As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) developed State Performance Plans (SPPs) for Maryland’s early intervention and special education systems for the 2005-2010 time period. The plans serve as a blueprint for improvement for services to children with disabilities and their families in the State.

MSDE developed a State Performance Plan website that displays the State and local results for the indicators in the SPP. Each year, the current data reported in the APR will be added for comparison to the previous year’s results. Data for new indicators will be added to the website as it is collected and reported.

Go directly to Special Education indicators (3-21) to view State and local results.

Please note: Results for Indicator B7, Child Outcomes will become available in 2010.

Additional Resources

  • Where Are We and How Did We Get Here?  (download on the right)
    Larry Edelman describes the Evolution of Accountability and Child Outcomes Measurement in Early Care and Education, Early Intervention, and Early Childhood Special Education.   As information becomes available, this document is updated (last update: 7/2/07).


2011 Preschool Spring Administration Briefing Materials and Resources

The materials and information from the 2011 Preschool Spring Administration Briefing held on March 31, 2011 at JHU’s Center for Technology in Education (listed below) are now available for download.   Click on the links on the right to download the resources

PowerPoint Presentation: Looking to the Future for Preschool

PowerPoint Presentation: Early Childhood Special Education Administrative Briefing - Charting the Course for Preschool

The Life Cycle of a Child in Maryland’s Early Childhood Accountability System (ECAS)

Using Online ECAS Reports to Inform Programmatic Decision-Making

Early Childhood Accountability System (ECAS) Winter 2011 Quick Reference Guide

Early Childhood Accountability System Users Guide Spring 2011

Broad Outcomes/ WSS Crosswalk-Kindergarten

Broad Outcomes/ WSS Crosswalk-P3

Broad Outcomes/ WSS Crosswalk-P4