Results-Driven Accountability

Until now, the U.S. Department of Education’s primary focus has been to determine whether states are “in compliance”—i.e. meeting procedural regulations such as timelines for referrals, evaluations, etc.  While these compliance indicators are important, under the new framework known as Results-Driven Accountability (RDA), the Nebraska Co-Lead Agencies will be focusing on the implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve results and outcomes for students with disabilities—including infants, toddlers and their families.

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In Nebraska, RDA efforts for Part C will be organized at the Planning Region Team level.  The success of the evidence-based strategies will be measured by their impact on child and family outcomes (Results Matter).

A review of early intervention data in Nebraska indicates there is a need to focus statewide efforts on implementation of evidence-based child and family assessments, aligning our child and family outcomes with family-identified needs and priorities, and providing supports and services within the context of family routines.  Based on these needs, Nebraska is promoting a routines based approach to early intervention (RBEI), and has selected three improvement strategies:

(1) Using the Routines-Based Interview (RBI) as a child and family assessment tool,

(2) Writing functional child and family outcomes resulting from priorities identified through the interview process, and

(3) Providing quality routines-based home visits.

To learn how the RBI fits into the early intervention process, go to EI Process in Referrals.

Over the past 5 years, several providers and services coordinators across Nebraska have been trained in the RBI and have found it to be extraordinarily helpful in the development of functional and meaningful IFSP’s, as well as positively impacting family satisfaction with services.

RBI

Routines Based Interview (RBI) training practices are required steps for any services coordinator or early intervention provider interested in using the RBI as their child and family assessment.

Goals that relate to real life situations are important to families; important to teachers; and vital to children. Families, caregivers and teachers will see the value of working on relevant, specific and measurable IFSP/IEP outcomes.

Providing services in natural and inclusive environments means using the learning opportunities in everyday routines and activities in which children and families participate at home and preschool.

Nebraska’s RDA plan requires each PRT in the state to ensure that early intervention providers and services coordinators in their region receive professional development (PD) and technical assistance (TA) focusing on evidence-based practices in early intervention. 

The goal of the Results Driven Accountability (RDA) system is to improve educational results and functional outcomes, and demonstrate growth over time for all infants and toddlers with disabilities.

Part C Results Driven Accountability updates