Observed Quality and Psychometric Properties of the CLASS-T in the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey


In this technical brief, we report on the use of the Toddler Classroom Assessment Scoring System CLASS-T in the Early Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey Baby FACES. We begin by providing a brief overview of the Baby FACES study, including its methodology and approach to data collection. Next, we provide a descriptive snapshot of quality in center-based settings drawing on observations conducted in Early Head Start classrooms serving 2- and 3-year-old children in Baby FACES. Finally, we document evidence from Baby FACES of the instrument’s psychometric properties, including results of factor analyses, internal consistency reliability, and concurrent and predictive associations to child development outcomes and other key indicators of quality.

Source: Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families

Available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/observed-quality-and-psychometric-properties-of-the-class-t-in-the-early-head-start-family-and-child-experiences-survey

2013 Grantee-Level CLASS Data – Head Start


During the 2012-2013 program year, the Office of Head Start (OHS) used the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™) Pre-K Teacher-Child Observation Instrument during its on-site reviews of grantees. CLASS-reliable reviewers visited a random sample of preschool classrooms to obtain grantee-level scores. This document provides descriptive statistics of the 2013 grantee-level CLASS™ data.

For more information, see: Use of CLASS™ in Head Start, available on the ECLKC. Select this link for the PDF version of the report: A National Overview of Grantee CLASS™ Scores in 2013 [PDF, 323KB]. Individual grantee CLASS™ reports also are available on the ECLKC in the Program Service Reports.

via 2013 Grantee-Level CLASS Data – Head Start.

Understanding and Using the CLASS for Program Improvement

Head Start directors, education managers, mentor coaches, teachers, and others are using Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASSTM) observation results obtained from OHS monitoring and program/ grantee-level evaluation to help improve program quality and outcomes. CLASS is a new benchmark for Head Start quality and staff may feel uncertain about how to understand and use CLASS results in their pro- grams and classrooms. Questions from the Head Start community include, “Now that we have our triennial review, what do the CLASS scores mean?” “Where do we go from here?” and “How do we help teachers improve their interactions with children?”

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center/National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching/docs/2029809_CLASS_briefv6_508-1.pdf