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ERIC Number: EJ864758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Conducting a Realistic Self-Assessment with the Environment Rating Scales
Harms, Thelma
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n189 p10-12 Sep-Oct 2009
Having staff complete a self-assessment of their own early childhood program using a quality rating instrument is a well-established practice included in national early childhood accreditation programs as well as in state Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). It is assumed that by conducting a self-assessment before the official assessment occurs, frontline staff will become aware of the requirements of the assessment instrument and be able to follow through with needed improvements in their classroom as they prepare for an official assessment. No doubt it is essential for the director and the early childhood teaching staff or the family child care provider to become knowledgeable about the requirements of the assessment instrument that will be used to assess their program. However, in order for the self-assessment process to make a significant and appropriate contribution to the improvement of program quality, several factors need to be considered. In this article, the author identifies some of these factors and discusses how to conduct a realistic self-assessment with the Environment Rating Scales. (Contains 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale