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Gordon Rachel A., Peng Fang, Curby Timothy W., Zinsser Katherine M., Q2 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Recent reviews have called attention to limitations of existing observational measures of early childhood classroom quality, including low rater agreement, ceiling/floor effects, and imprecise estimation. We offer an introduction to the many-facet…
Olson Lynn, LePage Brooke, March, 2021
Reports & Papers
This report explores the early learning measurement landscape, why it is failing students, teachers, parents, and taxpayers, and what can be done to improve early learning assessment after the pandemic subsides. It highlights promising innovations…
Ehrlich Stacy B., Pacchiano Debra, Stein Amanda G., Wagner Maureen R., Luppescu Stuart, Park Sangyoon, Frank Elizabeth, Lewandowski Holly, Young Christopher, March, 2018
Reports & Papers
The goal of this validation study was to determine if the newly adapted Early Ed Essentials teacher and parent surveys capture credible and useful information about the organizational conditions of ECE settings. Specifically, we examined whether the…
Ackerman Debra J., 2018
Reports & Papers
In this report I share the results of a document-based, comparative case study aimed at increasing our understanding about the potential utility of state kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs) to provide evidence of English learner (EL)…
Ackerman Debra J., 2018
Reports & Papers
Kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs) have increasingly been incorporated into state education policies over the past 5 years, with much of this interest stemming from Race to the Top--Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) awards, Enhanced Assessment…
Tout Kathryn, Starr Rebecca, Wenner Jennifer, Hilty Rowan, December, 2016
Reports & Papers
Investments in the development or revision of state and local Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for early care and education have increased in recent years, due in part to the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants…
Ehrlich Stacy B., Pacchiano Debra, Stein Amanda G., Luppescu Stuart, July, 2016
Reports & Papers
We present this brief to practitioners and researchers who are interested in measuring the quality of organization-level supports. For all audiences, this brief aims to explain why the early education field would benefit from a measurement system…
White-Schwoch Travis, Woodruff Carr Kali, Thompson Elaine C., Anderson Samira, Nicol Trent, Bradlow Ann R., Zecker Steven G., Kraus Nina, July, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Learning to read is a fundamental developmental milestone, and achieving reading competency has lifelong consequences. Although literacy development proceeds smoothly for many children, a subset struggle with this learning process, creating a…

Derscheid Linda E., Kim So-Yeun, Zittel Lauriece L., Umoren Josephine, Henry Beverly W., April-June 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Childhood obesity remains a problem in the United States. Preschool teachers can help to attenuate it but need to have the confidence or self-efficacy to provide healthy practices. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to (a) develop and validate…
Ackerman Debra J., February, 2014
Reports & Papers
Given the variety of publicly funded early education programs relying on observation score data, as well as the continued pressure on these programs to contain or cut operating budgets, this larger context is particularly salient as the field…
Raudenbush Stephen W., Reardon Sean F., Nomi Takako, July, 2012
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Multisite trials can clarify the average impact of a new program and the heterogeneity of impacts across sites. Unfortunately, in many applications, compliance with treatment assignment is imperfect. For these applications, we propose an…
Korfmacher Jon, Laszewski Audrey, Sparr Mariel, Hammel Jennifer, 25 June, 2012
Reports & Papers
An examination of the development and field testing of the Home Visiting Program Quality Rating Tool, a quality rating measure, based on data collected from 21 home visiting programs in Wisconsin and Illinois
Downer Jason T., Lopez Michael, Grimm Kevin J., Hamagami Aki, Pianta Robert C., Howes Carollee, Q1 2012
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
A test of the validity of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) for the prediction of academic outcomes and the measurement of social interactions in classrooms with varying compositions of English only and dual language learners, based on…
Zhai Fuhua, Raver C. Cybele, Jones Stephanie M., Li-Grining Christine P., Pressler Emily, Gao Qin, December 2010
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
A study of dosage effects of a targeted intervention on low-income child behavior problems, emotional and behavioral self-regulation skills, and cognitive development, as well as a study of variation of dosage effects across school readiness…
Meisels Samuel J., Wen Xiaoli, Beachy-Quick Kristy, April, 2010
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This study used a mixed methods methodology to investigate the reliability and validity of the Ounce Scale, an authentic, observational assessment of infants' and toddlers' development from birth through 42 months of age. Quantitative cross-…