Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEDS) supports and follows the
values, mission and vision of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
and worth of all individuals
and social justice
excellence, integrity, and accountability
participation in society
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is an international community of
professionals who are the voice and vision of special and gifted
education. CEC’s mission is to improve,
through excellence and advocacy, the education and quality of life for children
and youth with exceptionalities and to enhance engagement of their
Council for Exceptional Children is a premier education organization,
internationally renowned for its expertise and leadership, working
collaboratively with strategic partners to ensure that children and youth with
exceptionalities are valued and full participating members of society. As a diverse and vibrant professional
community, CEC is a trusted voice in shaping
practice and policy.
CEDS Goals in
Strategic Plan in alignment with the CEC Strategic Plan
1. Quality Assessment and Evaluation
Promote and support highly qualified, effective diagnostic/assessment
professionals to work with and support children and youth with
To provide, through professional development opportunities (conference,
conference presentations, and professional journals) current and ethical
assessment practices when working for children, and youth with
To collaborate and encourage the growth and acceptance of the NCED
Influence governmental policies in order to advance the teaching and
learning of children and youth with exceptionalities, the support for their
families, and the preparation and practice of diagnosticians and assessment
professionals who work on their behalf.
To work collaboratively with states throughout the country in regard to
professional and ethical assessment by qualified and trained diagnostic and
To support political advocacy by supporting the CEDS CAN (Children’s Action Network) Board
Advance collaboration and strategic partnerships between CEC, CEC
Divisions, CEDS Subdivisions and the professional assessment community.
Continue to support the Professional liaison position of the CEDS Board.
Development new partnerships while continuing existing partnerships.
Enhance CEDS reputation and influence through leadership, organizational
performance, and fiduciary effectiveness.
Objective: To provide high quality and price
effective professional conference annual conference.
To provide high quality professional presentations at CEC Conference
Encourage growth and sustainability in the NCED credential.
Adhere to budget as approved by CEDS membership at annual business
meeting (held at CEC conference).