Program Assessments

The Pre-K for All Quality Standards describe key practices and structures that are essential in high-quality Pre-K for All programs to prepare children for success, many of which are related to Pre-K for All learning environments at a program and the interactions between teaching staff and children. The NYCDOE uses the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and the Early Childhood Environmental Ratings Scale – Revised (ECERS-R) tools to understand the extent to which Pre-K for All programs are successful at reaching those high-quality standards that support student development and learning across all five domains of the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC). Both tools are grounded in research about the essential supports for promoting children’s achievement.

Program Assessment Results by Year

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

The CLASS is an observation tool that assesses the quality of teacher-child interactions in preschool classrooms. CLASS includes three domains or categories of teacher-child interactions that support children's learning and development: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support. Within each domain are dimensions that capture more specific details about teachers' interactions with children.

Additional resources and information about the CLASS tool are available from the purveyor of the tool, Teachstone, Inc.

CLASS Resources from the NYCDOE

CLASS Webinars: This recorded webinar series provides an overview of the way that the NYCDOE uses the CLASS tool, and all components of the tool.

Please share your feedback on the CLASS webinars with us.

The Early Childhood Environmental Rating System - Revised (ECERS-R)

The ECERS-R is an observation tool that assesses the quality of the overall learning environment. ECERS-R includes 6 subscales: Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Language-Reasoning, Activities, Interaction, and Program Structure. Within each subscale are rubrics that look at specific aspects of the learning environment.

Additional resources and information about the ECERS-R tool are available from the purveyor of the tool, the Environment Rating Scales Institute.

ECERS-R Resources from the NYCDOE

ECERS-R Webinars: This recorded webinar series provides an overview of the way that the NYCDOE uses the ECERS-R tool, and some of the key requirements of the ECERS-R.

Please share your feedback on the ECERS-R Webinars with us.

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