This brief identifies five strategies for incorporating child assessments into the design, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives designed to raise the quality of care in early care and education settings such as quality rating and improvement systems.
Moving to Outcomes: Approaches to Incorporating Child Assessments into State Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
The purpose of this paper is to identify options for states to consider for incorporating child assessments into the design, implementation, and evaluation of their QRISs or other quality improvement (QI) efforts.
The evaluation team from the Florida Institute of Education at University of North Florida used several instruments to estimate improvement in the children’s early learning. The Bracken Basic Concept Scale―Third Edition: Receptive (BBCS-3:R),1 and the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS) served as measures of children’s school readiness. Test of Preschool Early Literacy (TOPEL)2 was used to assess important components of children’s early literacy.
Keystone STARS Exit Survey (July, 2012)
Keystone STARS Provider Survey (July, 2012)
Many states are preparing for the possibility that President Obama's preschool plan calling for degreed teachers may become a reality, and are continuing to engage in efforts to revamp and expand their professional preparation and development systems. As these efforts progress, there is increased attention focused on the capacity of higher education to meet the demand for skilled early childhood teachers and a range of professionals who educate and support them.
This flash report, prepared by Haberman for Parent Aware for School Readiness, represents a summary of baseline performance for the Parent Aware drive-to-site digital advertising campaign from the September 10, 2012 launch through October 8, 2012.
Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education and School-Age Care
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for early care and education and school age care programs are designed to collect information about quality and to use that information to produce program-level ratings, which are the foundation of a QRIS.
QUALITYstarsNY is New York’s quality rating and improvement system that is being implemented in targeted communities with funding from the State Department of Education. The goal of the recruitment project was to recruit suitable applicants for the 2012-2014 implementation of QUALITYstarsNY. Early care and education programs were recruited and selected primarily from communities within and around Persistently Low Achieving public schools.
QUALITYstarsNY is New York’s quality rating and improvement system that is being implemented in targeted communities with funding from the State Department of Education. The QUALITYstarsNY Readiness Project was an early strategy to engage the early care and learning community by making QUALITYstarsNY information available in local communities and preparing programs for future statewide implementation. This was accomplished by training workshop facilitators who then provided multiple workshops within 10 regions of the state.