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ERIC Number: ED621930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2022-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Measuring Head Start Children's Early Learning Skills Using Teacher Reports during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Research Brief. OPRE Report 2022-13
Harding, Jessica F.; Nguyen, Tutrang; Malone, Lizabeth; Atkins-Burnett, Sally; Tarullo, Louisa; Aikens, Nikki
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
In spring 2020, in response to the COVID-19 (for coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, many early care and education centers, including Head Start centers, closed their physical buildings and changed their operations to virtual. Because of health and safety restrictions, OPRE was unable to directly assess children's skills in spring 2020 for the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2019). However, teachers did complete reports about individual children in their classrooms, as has been done in prior rounds of FACES. This report explores whether teacher reports of children's approaches to learning and literacy skills offer a reliable, valid, and nonbiased way to measure aspects of children's early learning skills as a proxy for the skills measured in the direct child assessment. Overall, teacher-reported approaches to learning and literacy skills have strong measurement properties among Head Start children. Therefore, these teacher reports could be used as outcome measures in analyses using FACES data when the direct child assessment is not available, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Administration for Children & Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE); Mathematica
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Head Start
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey
Grant or Contract Numbers: HHSP23320095642WC; HHSP23337052T