All About the Classroom Assessment Scoring System

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®) is a research-based method of measuring, evaluating, and improving teacher-child interactions.

The CLASS, developed at the University of Virginia, focuses on teacher-child interactions. Results of the CLASS help early childhood professionals understand and improve their teaching practices and classroom environments.

Bright & Early ND utilizes three scales, each designed for a different segment of the early childhood field.

  • Infant CLASS: This tool is designed to assess effective teacher-child interactions in care environments serving children birth to 18 months.
  • Toddler CLASS: This tool is designed to assess effective teacher-child interactions in care environments serving children 19-35 months.
  • Pre-K CLASS: This tool is designed to assess effective teacher-child interactions in care environments serving children ages 3 to 5 years.

Each subscale of the CLASS tools is scored on a 7-point scale, with a score of 1 and 2 considered to be low-range; 3, 4, and 5 are mid-range; and 6 and 7 are high range. A typically cycle for the CLASS involves about 20 minutes of observing followed by 10 minutes of scoring.

Program Quality Observation

Programs participating in Bright & Early ND receive the benefit of an onsite Program Quality Observation completed by a trained, reliable, and endorsed ERS® or CLASS® Assessor.

The Program Quality Observation provides valuable, relevant feedback in the form of a summary report. This information can be used by the program to help identify program strengths, as well as raise awareness to areas needing development. The information gathered can be used to help create the program’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).

Programs are encouraged to work closely with their QRIS Coach to find the right time to request an observation. The type of observation received, either ERS® or CLASS®, is dependent on what step the program is working towards. Programs can request an observation anytime throughout a Bright & Early ND cohort.

Ready for a Program Quality Observation? Contact your program’s assigned QRIS Coach for details.

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