What is CLASS?
Interactions Matter! That’s why the state of Florida uses the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, known as CLASS®. It’s a proven way to rate quality by measuring positive teacher-child interactions in a childcare setting. Research shows higher CLASS® scores demonstrate better social-emotional, cognitive, and academic outcomes for a child.
In Sarasota County, CLASS® assessments are performed by trained, certified observers. Assessments are done at childcare sites and family childcare homes that accept VPK children and/or School Readiness children (receiving income-based financial assistance from the ELC).
CLASS® scores range from 1-7, with 7 as the highest.
Click Here to see the latest scores. Numbers are updated monthly.
A childcare provider must have a minimum score of 4.0 to participate in the ELC’s School Readiness or VPK Program.
A score in the 4 range reflects adequate care with inconsistencies and a mix of teaching practices.
A score of 5 and higher reflects consistent, high-quality teacher-child interactions.
CLASS® assessments vary by age level and include the following domain areas:
Infant (Birth-18 months) Responsive Caregiving
Toddler (19-35 months) Emotional and Behavioral Support, Engaged Support for Learning
Pre-Kindergarten (36 months-5 years) Emotional Support, Classroom Organization and Instructional Support
CLASS® scores are created by averaging observation scores from a sampling of classrooms that were observed.
Observers measure classroom interactions as defined by moment-to-moment, back and forth exchanges (both verbal and nonverbal) that build and sustain relationships and support child development and learning. Effectiveness is gauged by considering the depth, duration and frequency of such interactions.
What are some of the teacher-child interactions that CLASS® measures?
- Establishes warm, supportive relationships between and with children
- Smiles, makes eye contact and displays sensitivity to children’s needs and feelings
- Follows the child’s lead and interest during play
- Helps children understand expectations and effectively redirects misbehavior
- Acknowledges accomplishments and efforts
- Uses discussions and activities to promote higher-order thinking skills
- Stimulates language and vocabulary development
- Provides consistent rules and routines
Why does my child’s preschool NOT have a CLASS® score?
Just because there is no score, doesn’t mean lack of quality care and education. It just means the rules may not require them to have an assessment because they:
- Have a low percentage of School Readiness children enrolled
- Do not care for School Readiness or VPK children
- Serve only school-age children
- Only provide overnight School Readiness care
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