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ERIC Number: ED534457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education and School-Age Care. Research-to-Policy, Research-to-Practice Brief. OPRE 2012-29
Zellman, Gail L.; Fiene, Richard
Administration for Children & Families
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for early care and education and school age care programs are designed to collect information about quality and to use that information to produce program-level ratings, which are the foundation of a QRIS. The ratings are intended to make program quality transparent for parents and other stakeholders and to encourage the selection of higher-quality programs. The ratings also provide benchmarks that can support efforts to help programs improve their quality. "Validation" of a QRIS is a multi-step process that assesses the degree to which design decisions about "program quality standards and measurement strategies" are resulting in accurate and meaningful ratings. Validation of a QRIS provides designers, administrators and stakeholders with crucial data about how well the architecture of the system is functioning. A carefully designed plan for ongoing validation creates a climate that supports continuous quality improvement at both the program and system level. To date, QRIS validation efforts have been limited. One reason may be that validation is a complex endeavor that involves a range of activities. The purpose of this Brief is to help QRIS stakeholders better understand validation and to outline a set of complementary validation activities. The Brief defines validation, describes different types of validation studies, and provides guidance on developing a validation plan, including tools to determine the appropriate scope and timing of validation activities. It also lists references and resources for those who wish to learn more. This Brief is aimed at readers in positions to authorize, finance, design, and refine QRISs and other quality improvement efforts, including state child care administrators, early education policy and program specialists, legislators, and other potential funders. A list of resources is included. (Contains 3 tables, 3 footnotes and 7 endnotes.)
Administration for Children & Families. US Department of Health and Human Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW, Washington, DC 20447. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation
IES Cited: ED555393