The Child Count application is now open. Assigned users in your district may go into the application and pull up the Child Count list. The list may be submitted between October 2, 2017 (Montana's official Child Count day) and November 17, 2017. The seven weeks between the opening of the application and the deadline provide an opportunity for districts to review the Child Count list for accuracy. Changes to the list must originate in AIM.

 

The following information must be in AIM for students to appear on Child Count:

• a completed, locked IEP;

• a completed, locked Evaluation Report with an age-appropriate disability;

• an age-appropriate Setting of Service; and

• an enrollment on or prior to the Child Count date.

 

The Child Count Help Manual (found under Help at the top of the application) contains more detailed information about verifying your Child Count list.

 

The link to the application is: https://apps.opi.mt.gov/SPEDApplicationsPortal/frmLogin.aspx.

 

If you are an assigned user, your user name is generally the first letter of your first name and your entire last name. If you don’t remember your password, click “Forgot password?” If this is your first time to log in, click “New User?” and the system will e-mail a password to you. Copy and paste the e-mailed password into the password area rather than attempting to type it. After you log in the Child Count User Manual may be found under the Help tab at the top of the page.

 

Each year the U.S. Department of Education requires all states to report counts of students, ages 3-21, who were in special education on a day that falls between October 1 and December 1.  So the OPI can provide this information to the USDE, all Montana school districts must report to the OPI a list of students who were in special education on Child Count day.

 

 

Jan Duiker

Data Analyst, Montana Office of

Public Instruction