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Subject: Elimination of School Entry Profile
Source: Robin Martin, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: School Administrators, Directors of Special Education, Directors of Early Childhood Programs, Early Childhood Special Education Teachers

Date: August 7, 2007

During the 2006-07 school year, LEAs were required to use two different forms of assessment in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). One is the School Entry Profile: Preschool Assessment Project observational assessment used with children who are age eligible for kindergarten the following fall. The other is the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) data collection via the Missouri Outcomes Summary Sheet (MOSS) that was put in place for children who entered ECSE starting in October 2006. The MOSS must be completed for a child when he/she enters ECSE and again when he/she exits ECSE.

Due to the overlap of these two assessments as a child exits ECSE, LEAs will no longer be required to complete the School Entry Profile: Preschool Assessment Project forms (informally known as the "bubble sheet forms") as of the 2007-08 school year. Students eligible for Early Childhood services who are included in Missouri Preschool Project (MPP) or Title I preschools would still be given the observational assessment as part of those programs.

All Early Childhood Special Education students must still be given the entry and exit assessments required for ECO. That data must still be submitted to DESE at the end of each school year. Please visit the following webpage for more information regarding ECO/MOSS: http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/ECOtraining.html.

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Martin at 573-751-2512.

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Jefferson City, MO 65102
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