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(Click on the slide icon in the lower right-hand corner to view the slide show.) Kirby provides instruction to the beta testers.

Phase I Beta Testing for July 2013 Release Completed

April 24, 2012

For the past three (3) weeks, the first phase of beta testing of Iowa IDEA has been conducted throughout the state.  Several staff from each AEA, particularly the web IEP administrators and IMS data entry personnel, were invited to participate in this round of testing.  In addition to testing the applications, it is also hoped that attendees would start on the path to become experts in the new system.

Testers felt that the following changes to the web IEP were particularly noteworthy:

  • Modifying the Print Menu
  • Adding Child Find
  • Altering the Services Page

In addition, the followers comments were made by testers:

  • The new system, even with some changes, seems to be intuitive for users.
  • The new system has many nice features that will allow for a smooth transition. One that we will all appreciate is that "banks" will roll over. 
  • Because the new system also incorporates the Child Find process and IMS into it, we will no longer have 3 systems to deal with. It will all be one system once it is fully developed and rolled out.
  • Tabs are used to navigate to information required by the system.   It is very helpful that a number on each tab indicates the number of fields yet to be completed in that section.
  • The system no longer has a 'what you see is what you get' look to it.
  • It's nice to see the Iowa Core be a part of the web IEP.
  • The "help" tab, which will contain text from the Special Education Procedures Manual and the Documentation Guide, will be convenient.
  • For almost every question/concern, the answer from the Center staff was "we have already thought of that situation." So there has been a great deal of research done prior to testing.
  • We are happy with how the new system is progressing and how it flows together.
  • Thanks to the programmers and Kirby for all their hard work and brainstorming in creating a more solid system with web IEP/IFSP/IMS being integrated and not separate systems.
  • We are really excited for the new system to go live in July 2013.

The next phase of testing will be done in the LEAs and AEAs.  This will expand the number of testers and also provide an opportunity for the applications to be tested in the field.

Thanks to all who are working very hard to ensure that the Iowa IDEA applications will be ready for the July 1, 2013 release date.



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