The OSEP Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program (PDP) supports personnel preparation and professional development of qualified personnel to work with infants or toddlers with disabilities, or serve and support children with disabilities under Part D, Sec 1462 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The purpose of the PDP is to:
- help address State-identified needs for qualified personnel —in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education— to work with infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities; and
- ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically-based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.
OSEP’s current PDP investments (CFDA 84.325) include:
- Personnel and Leadership Preparation Grant Programs
- 325D: Preparation of Leadership Personnel
- 325H: Doctoral Training Consortia Associated with High-Intensity Needs
- 325K: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Preparation of Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services Personnel Serving Children with Disabilities who Have High-Intensity Needs
- Leadership Professional Development Grant Programs
- 325L: Leadership Development Programs: Increasing the Capacity of Leaders to Improve the Systems Serving Children with Disabilities
- Improving Personnel Systems and Programs Serving Children with Disabilities Grant Programs
- 325N: Associate Degree Preservice Program Improvement Grants to Support Personnel Working with Young Children with Disabilities
- 325P: Improving Retention of Special Education and Early Intervention Personnel
Personnel Development National Centers
CEEDAR Center - CEEDAR stands for “Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform.” Our mission is to support students with disabilities in achieving college- and career-ready standards by building the capacity of state personnel preparation systems to prepare teachers and leaders to implement evidence-based practices within multi-tiered systems of support.
ECPC - Early Childhood Personnel Center provided technical assistance and resources to assist state administrators, higher education faculty, practitioners, and families to develop and implement components of a comprehensive system of personnel development (CSPD) to improve the quantity, quality, and effectiveness of the early childhood intervention workforce for infants and young children with disabilities and their families.
IRIS Center – IRIS develops and disseminates inactive online resources about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices to support the education of all students, particularly struggling learners, and those with disabilities. Designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap, IRIS resources are intended for use in higher education courses, in professional development programs, and by practicing professionals in general and special education teachers, educational administration and related services providers. IRIS resources are designed for adult learners and include modules, case studies and teaching and learning activities, information briefs, and more – all resources designed to enhance teaching and learning for those serving children with disabilities and are available at no cost to users.
Access the Find a Center or Grant section of this website for more information about OSEP-funded centers and grants, including the Personnel Development Program investments mentioned above.
Performance Measurement Information and Resources
Under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), 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 Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities program. The program performance measures for PDP are:
- Program Performance Measure #1: The percentage of preparation programs that incorporate scientifically- or evidence-based practices into their curricula;
- Program Performance Measure #2: The percentage of scholars completing preparation programs who are knowledgeable and skilled in evidence-based practices for children with disabilities;
- Program Performance Measure #3: The percentage of scholars who exit preparation programs prior to completion due to poor academic performance;
- Program Performance Measure #4: The percentage of scholars completing preparation programs who are working in the area(s) in which they were prepared upon program completion;
- Program Performance Measure #5: The Federal cost per fully qualified scholar who completed the preparation program;
- Program Performance Measure #6: The percentage of scholars who completed the preparation program and are employed in high-need districts [NOTE: Reporting excludes 325D scholars working as IHE faculty]; and
- Program Performance Measure #7: The percentage of scholars who completed the preparation program and who are rated effective by their employers.
For awards funded in FY 2014 and after, OSEP is piloting one new PROGRAM performance measure using outcome data reported by scholars who have completed their preparation program.
- Pilot Program Performance Measure #1: The percentage of scholars who completed the preparation program and are employed in the field of special education for at least two years.
Full 2021 Annual Performance Report (APR) Package for the Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities Program (CFDA 84.325)
Performance Measurement Resources
Document on 325K. Sample PROJECT Measures aligned with PROGRAM Performance Measures for the PDP CIPP.
This webinar focuses on completing the ED Grant Performance Report 325 D and 325K: Personnel Development Program - looking at the Annual Performance Report, the Annual Data ScholarSubmission in DCS, and the Final Performance Report.
This is the Grant Performance Report for Continuation Funding. For specific guidance on how to write and report data on your program and project measures, contact your Project Officer or view the webinars and material below:
Annual Performance Report Webinar Resources
- Webinar for 325D and 325K Grantees: Completing the ED Grant Performance Report (ED 524B Form) for Continuation Funding(link is external)
- Webinar for 325D Grantees: Project Objectives and Performance Measures for the Annual Performance Report for Continuation Funding(link is external)
- Webinar for 325K Grantees: Project Objectives and Performance Measures for the Annual Performance Report for Continuation Funding(link is external)
325 D Resources
- 325D. APR Cover Sheet Example with Tips
- 325D. APR Status Sheet Example with Tips
- 325D. Sample PROJECT Measures aligned with PROGRAM Performance Measures for the PDP OSEP CIPP
- SECTION A - blank template
325 K Resources
Tips for Creating High Quality Performance Measures
Sample PROJECT Performance Measures Aligned with PROGRAM Measures for PDP
Webinar on Project Objective and Performance Measures for the Annual Performance Report for Continuation Funding.
No Cost Extension Requests
A no-cost extension may be requested to provide more time (up to 12 months) for completing approved grant activities. Please complete the NCE Request Form, submit your request using G5, and email your project officer at least 10 days before the end of the grant award period.
Final Performance Reports
Final performance reports must be submitted no later than 90 days after the grant award period. You must submit your final performance report using G5. For specific guidance on how to complete the final performance report, please review the instructions and forms required for “Final Reports” in the Dear Colleague Letter.
All standard forms needed for reporting are available at ed.gov site at Grant Application and Other Forms. For additional information, please contact your project officer.
Performance Development Program Data Collection System for Reporting Scholar Data
The Personnel Development Program Data Collection System is a secure, online database used to collect and analyze data on scholars funded by PDP grants for use in reporting program performance measures required by the Government Performance and Results Act (1993) and to track the service obligations of scholars funded by Personnel Development Program grants awarded in Federal fiscal year 2005 and any year thereafter.
The PDPDCS Help Desk is available from 8-8 ET Monday through Friday. More information is available at: https://pdp.ed.gov/OSEP/.
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Access multiple resources from the Center for Improving Program and Project Performance, that provides technical assistance on design and implementation of evaluation plans and logic models, and performance measures to OSEP-funded grantees and staff. Resources include guidance documents, tools, and webinars that will provide useful information and helpful examples.
Evaluating Special Education Preservice Programs: Resource Toolkit
This Toolkit was designed to provide evaluation resources for grantees of OSEP's Personnel Development Program, but it contains useful information for other grantees as well. The Toolkit is not intended to provide a lengthy discussion of every aspect of project evaluation.
Resources for Potential Applicants
This page provides information to assist applicants with information for completing applications for OSEP funding opportunities. Recorded webinars with competition specific information are available here.
The Personnel Development Program (PDP) supports an exchange ideas, information, and resources among our stakeholders –grantees, OSEP scholars, staff, and others– to advance our collective knowledge of practices that enhance the preparation and professional development of personnel serving children with disabilities and their families. OSEP supports a coherent program of investments spanning the career continuum and reaching special education teachers, early intervention service providers, related services personnel, educational administrators, and general education teachers who serve children with disabilities and their families. By connecting OSEP-investments, we have created a network -the PDP Network- that is able to support collaboration with and across projects as a means to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of PDP projects and the Program as a whole. broadening participation across projects and strengthen those investments.
Faculty and OSEP-funded scholars will have opportunities to collaborate with state and local education agency leader through networks organized by grant programs, In addition, working groups aimed at advancing preparation, induction and mentoring, ongoing professional development and leadership development for personnel based on focus area or areas of interest have the opportunities to advance work collectively. Through broad participation, PDP hopes to –
- Share resources and information on best practices across projects;
- Learn innovative approaches being used by projects to support preparation and ongoing professional development for personnel serving and supporting children with disabilities;
- Address emerging needs within real-world contexts; and
- Engage projects in addressing priority areas identified by grantees, OSEP, and the Department.
Resources & Tools
Engage OSEP is a virtual engagement space that offers a platform for information exchange and community involvement on issues related to enhancing and improving preparation or professional development of special education, related services, early intervention, and general education personnel serving children with disabilities.
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