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ERIC Number: ED505703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
Multiple Purposes for Measuring Quality in Early Childhood Settings:Implications for Collecting and Communicating Information on Quality. OPRE Issue Brief #2. Publication #2009-13
Zaslow, Martha; Tout, Kathryn; Halle, Tamara; Forry, Nicole
Child Trends
As states and communities invest in initiatives to improve the quality of early care and education, the measurement of quality is becoming more widespread and the importance of measuring quality well is gaining increasing attention. Within the broad context of interest in improving quality, this report seeks to differentiate among a number of specific purposes for measuring quality in early childhood settings, and to identify the implications of these differing purposes for the careful and appropriate measurement of quality. The brief: (1) Reviews previous research that highlights the importance of identifying the purposes of measurement, (2) Distinguishes among different purposes for conducting assessments of quality in early childhood settings, (3) Discusses the need for precaution when assessments seek to address multiple purposes at once, and (4) Raises implications for developing future measures. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation
Authoring Institution: Child Trends