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Widely used measures of pre-k classroom quality: What we know, gaps in the field, and promising new directions

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Observational tools for measuring classroom quality have been used in the early childhood field for decades. The two most widely used measures are the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3 and ECERS-R) and the Classroom Assessment and Improvement System (CLASS): Pre-K. Versions of these measures are available for younger and older age groups as well as for use in home-based family child care. The focus of this brief is on measures used in center-based pre-K settings. (author abstract)

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