The OSEP Educational Technology, Media, and Materials (ETechM2) program is the primary source of support for accessible technology and media-related activities under Sec. 1474(c)(1) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The purpose of the ETechM2 program is to improve results for students with disabilities by:
(1) promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology.
(2) supporting educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities.
(3) providing support for captioning and description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and
(4) providing accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner.
Current ETechM2 program investments
- Accessible educational materials.
- Research & development on adaptable technology.
- Audio description and captioning for educational programming.
- Capacity building of LEAs use of assistive and educational technology.
- Early Childhood STEM learning.
- Assistive & educational technologies for LEAs and families.
- Faculty use of technology in personnel preparation programs.
- Technology implementation and integration.
The Department of Education has established a set of performance measures that are designed to yield information on various aspects of the effectiveness and quality of the program.
Performance Measurement Information and Resources
° Program Performance Measure #1: The percentage of Educational Technology, Media, and Materials Program products and services judged to be of high quality by an independent review panel of experts qualified to review the substantial content of the products and services.
° Program Performance Measure #2: The percentage of Educational Technology, Media, and Materials Program products and services judged to be of high relevance to improving outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
° Program Performance Measure #3: The percentage of Educational Technology, Media, and Materials Program products and services judged to be of useful in improving results for infants, toddler, children, and youth with disabilities.
° Program Performance Measure #4.1: The federal cost per unit of accessible educational materials funded by the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials Program.
° Program Performance Measure #4.2: The federal cost per unit of accessible educational materials from the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center funded by the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials Program.
° Program Performance Measure #4.3: The federal cost per unit of video description funded by the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials Program.
Performance Measurement Resources
The purpose of today's training is to describe the process for collecting the program measures and clarify what's expected in the 2022 data collection. It will describe the program GPRA performance measurement requirements, suggest ways to enhance the quality of grantee submissions, demonstrate the website grantees will use to upload materials, review the schedule for the data collection, and respond to grantee questions. This webinar can be viewed here.
Full 2022 Annual Performance Report Package for the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Program (CFDA 84.327)
The Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs is pleased to provide additional resources to support your work with individuals with disabilities.
Additional Resources for Grantees
This is the 2021 Grantee webinar OSEP ETechM2 Program Performance Measurement GPRA Data Collection 2021
This webinar presented information about the educational materials in accessible formats for people with visual impairments and print disabilities.
Webinar Transcript for the 2021 OSEP ETechM2 Program Performance Measurement GPRA Data Collection Event
This webinar presentation provides an overview of the collection and information gathering, analysis and reporting process for the FY 2016 Educational.
This federal guidance contains a Dear Colleague Letter regarding submission information for ED 524B grantees, instructions for submitting in G5, instructions regarding ED 524B, and a copy of the ED 524B form.
Full 2021 Annual Performance Report (APR) Package for the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials to Improve Services for Children with Disabilities Program (CFDA 84.327)
Webinar PPT on the performance measures collection for 2021.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education has instituted a new strategy to enhance collaboration opportunities with grantees and other stakeholders. This Engage OSEP site will enable OSEP to virtually bring together a variety of stakeholders to share information and to work together to improve results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. This site has been designed to give OSEP staff, grantees, and stakeholders a place to work together to solve complicated issues, facilitate informal knowledge sharing, exchange thoughts and ideas, and share resources, while also providing a place for collaborative creation of new knowledge.
Visit the new Engage OSEP Site at: https://engage.osepideasthatwork.org/