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In Search of Schools Using the CLASS Tool in K-3 Grades

Published:  July 27, 2011

Dear readers,

I suspect that many of you have heard by now about a research-based tool called the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS),  a system that uses trained reliable observers to capture information on how teachers interact with children in their classrooms so teachers can see what they are doing well and not so well. It is a well-known tool among people who are involved in publicly funded preschool programs and is required in Head Start. We've written about it in several posts over the past few years.

This summer at the Early Education Initiative, we are working on a paper related to the use of the CLASS and other observation-based tools.  Our aim is to include examples of programs that serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as well as the K-3 grades in public schools.  At the moment we're seeking examples from those K-3 grades.  Is your school district using the CLASS? Do you know of any schools or districts considering whether to use this tool? Have you seen whether its use in Head Start may have some bearing on whether it is picked up for use in kindergartens? Are there similar observation-based tools that K-3 grades are using instead?

If so, drop me a line. Thanks.

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