The School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS)
SACERS is a scale designed to assess group-care programs for children of school age, 5 to 12. The MA QRIS is using the SACERS as a measurement tool for all After school/ Out of School time programs participating in QRIS at Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4. For updates and additional clarifications for the SACER, visit the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute website http://ers.fpg.unc.edu/
The Assessment of Afterschool Program Practices Tool (APT)
APT is designed for programs serving children from kindergarten through middle school. It includes two tools. The APT Observation Tool (APT O) focuses on observable program practices; and the APT Program Questionnaire (APT Q), a self-assessment tool examines other aspects of program quality, such as program planning and connections with schools and parents. In the MA QRIS the APT is required for all Afterschool / Out-school Time programs participating in QRIS. For more Info about APT: http://www.niost.org/Training-Descriptions/the-assessment-of-afterschool-program-practices-tool-apt
Strengthening Families Program Self-Assessment
Strengthening Families Self-Assessment includes: Self-Assessment, Protective Factors Survey, and Staff Survey. This tool is required for center-based/ school based, FCC, and Afterschool/Out of School Time Programs participating in QRIS at Level 2, For more Info about the Strengthening Families Self Assessment Tools: http://www.strengtheningfamilies.net/index.php/online_resources/guide_assess/category/self_assessment/
The APT Self Assessment Observation Tool (APT-O)
The APT-O is an self assessment observation tool, that is part of the APT. The APT-O is designed to offer you a "snapshot" of your program's quality in areas linked to SAYO outcome areas and focuses on observable program practices.
Teacher-Child Interaction Observational Tools
After School/ Out of School Time Programs participating in QRIS are required to use one of the following Observational tools:
Arnett -Caregiver Interaction Scale (Arnett/CIS)
The Arnett has 26 items that measure the emotional tone, discipline style, and responsiveness of the caregiver in the classroom. The Arnett should be completed for each individual educator and may be downloaded as a PDF is through EEC website. Download: Arnett (English) , Arnett (Spanish) , Arnett (Haitian Creole) , Arnett (Korean) .
The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
The CLASS is a tool for observing and assessing the qualities of interactions among teachers and children in classrooms. It measures the emotional, organizational, and instructional supports provided by educators that are known from research to contribute to children's social development and academic achievement. Programs participating in QRIS should conduct a CLASS observation for each classroom or group setting. All Educators present should be included in the observation process that leads to creating CLASS scores for teacher-child interactions. For more info about CLASS http://www.teachstone.org/about-the-class/
A free webinar developed for by ACF is also available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/ecdh/eecd/Assessment/Classroom%20Assessment%20Scoring%20System%20(CLASS)/ClassroomAssessm.htm
Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care. Created: January 21, 2011