One challenge in special education has been the creation of an efficient system to document decisions of student support teams, to manage data resulting from these decisions, and to communicate information to colleagues. As the scope and complexity of this process grew, inadequacy of pressure sensitive forms became increasingly apparent. In response to this situation our IEP and Data Management Software Program has been created. The purpose of this program is to apply the technology of a relational database toward data management and effective communication of Special Education information.

Customized Relational Tek, Inc. (CRT) is the developer of this program. It has been created with consultation from information technology coordinators with review from Special Education staff. The broad range of individuals contributing to this project has produced a high quality program.

Users will be able to generate a variety of special reports and print Eligibility Determination and Individual Education Program documents. This relational database provides student demographic information, placement data, related services records, compiling of FACTS Data, all Notification and Consent forms (State Mandated Reports), IEP/Eligibility Data, and administration approved Case Study Evaluation Forms.

When fully implemented, IEP Data Management Software Programs will give users capacity to meet their documentation, data management, and communication needs with efficiency, accuracy, and ease. A learning curve and related procedure of refinement should be anticipated. To that extent, it is extremely important data is entered with a high degree of consistency. The era of pressure sensitive forms is coming to an end; KIDS IEP Data Management Software Program will prove to be an invaluable tool to overcome this manual approach.

The training manual has been designed to facilitate success with the program. With enhancements of FileMaker Pro® 11.0 and the determination of Customized Relational Tek Staff, there is very little difference between access and usage of this program using Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or through FileMaker Pro Client Software©. Small differences are noted throughout the training manual.