QRIS

Report
EEC Board Meeting
June 11, 2013
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
Review of Standards Removal
Board Vote Feb 12, 2013
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Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
Massachusetts has developed high quality benchmarks, which are
aligned with state early childhood standards (MA Early Learning
Guidelines for Infants & Toddlers, Preschool Learning Guidelines and
the Pre-K Common Core of the MA Curriculum Frameworks), as well
as some Head Start, National Association of Educating Young
Children accreditation, and other early learning and development
standards.
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QRIS is a Comprehensive Assessment
that Encompasses All Programmatic Aspects
There are five categories in QRIS:
1.) Curriculum and Learning
a. Curriculum, Assessment and Diversity
b. Teacher/Child Relationships and Interactions
2.) Safe, Healthy Indoor and Outdoor Environments
3.) Workforce Qualifications and Professional Development
a. Designated Program Administrator Qualifications and
Professional Development
b. Program Staff Qualifications and Professional Development
4.) Family and Community Engagement
5.) Leadership, Management and Administration
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Three Different Program Types
The five categories and two sub-categories remain consistent ,
however the individual standards have been adapted for
effectiveness in three different program types:
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Center-Based and School Based (CBSB)
Family Child Care (FCC)
After School and Out of School Time Programs (ASOST)
Development of the QRIS Standards
Was a Community Effort
2008:
•EEC began conducting early research to set the stage for the design of the
MA QRIS.
•EEC received guidance from EEC Board and EEC Advisory Team (February March 2008)
•Initial QRIS stakeholder team developed the scope, purpose and mission of
MA QRIS. Evolved into MA QRIS
2009:
•ASOST Stakeholders Group convened
•Draft posted for public input- 377 survey respondents (March -June 2009 )
•EEC conducted presentations to over 900 members of the field about QRIS
•EEC reconvened the QRIS External Stakeholder team (June 2009)
•Initial QRIS Standards were reviewed and revised – evidence based and
measurable (November 2009 – January 2010)
•Feedback gathered from stakeholders at events with The CAYL Institute
(December 16, 2009)
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2010 :
•Feedback provided on QRIS Standards at Advisory Team Meeting &
Stakeholders Meeting (January 2010)
•EDC hired to review and streamline standards (reduce duplication, remove
criteria with no research base)
2012:
•Pilot for the QRIS Validation Study begins
•Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) observation visits begin for 426 selfassessed Level 3 and 4 programs
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Recent QRIS Successes
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Six Program Quality Specialists were hired and trained on the Quality Rating
and Improvement System
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Pilot for the QRIS Validation Study started
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FY13 QRIS Improvement Grants were awarded for durable goods and
program planning
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Many Center-Based and School Based, Family Child Care, and After School
and Out of School Time programs sharing with PQS that they have been
reflectively reviewing their program practices in a more comprehensive and
thoughtful manner
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Programs have become more familiar with the use of research-based
measurement tools
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Pilot study is in development with NAEYC to reduce duplication of effort by
accredited Center-Based programs
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Work has started on a more user-friendly version of the QRIS Program
Manager (on-line application system)
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Communication and collaboration with national organizations has improved
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Approval granted to reassess RTT benchmarks
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Coordination of QRIS and QRIS related programs will be managed
within the EEC Policy Department
Program Quality Specialists
and Education Specialists Support QRIS
In collaboration, EEC staff has:
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Reviewed over 1,400 QRIS applications between October 1, 2012 and
May 1, 2013
Verified over 700 Level 2 applications between October 1, 2012 and May
1, 2013
Completed approximately 200 site visits
Facilitated QRIS Training Sessions throughout the state
Provided daily QRIS support via the telephone and email
Created resources for QRIS users
Presented QRIS information at dozens of early education venues
throughout the state to educators, administrators and stakeholders
Held monthly TA with EPS Coaches/Mentors working with programs on
QRIS
Quality Rating and Improvement System
Program Engagement
Since the launch of the on-line, QRIS Program Manager (QPM) in January 2011 5,149
programs (unique count) have created a total of 6,704 QRIS applications (final
status) using the QPM system. 5,571 of those applications have been granted a
QRIS Level. (Data as of May 3, 2013).
Additional QRIS Data: There are 363 Programs that have participated in QRIS that
have since closed for business.
Note: Metro (region 4) has been dissolved and towns have been reallocated to
regions 2, 3, 5 and 6.
BACKGROUND ON STANDARDS REMOVAL
In 2012, EEC contracted with University of Massachusetts Donahue
Institute (UMDI) to conduct the QRIS Validation Study.
UMDI provided EEC with a measurement map of standards to be
included and excluded in the QRIS Validation Study.
CLARIFICATION
The UMDI research team did make recommendations to include and
exclude some standards in the QRIS Validation Study.
The UMDI research team did not suggest that any standards be
removed from the Massachusetts QRIS.
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QRIS Standards Removed
On February 12, 2013, the EEC Board voted to “remove” QRIS standards from
the system. EEC would like the Board to consider new information about this
decision, and rescind the February vote.
The three reasons for removal were:
1.) Already measured in an evidenced based tool used in QRIS
2.) Not linked to child outcomes
3.) Not measurable
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Standard Category
Family Child
Care
Center
Based
After School
and Out of
School Time
Already Measured in an
evidenced based tool used
in QRIS
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Not linked to Child
Outcomes
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Not Measurable
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Total Removed
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Total in QRIS
(excluding Level 1)
58
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Implementation of the standards removal, based on the Board vote, has not
been consistently implemented to date.
The QRIS standards resource document for educators has been modified to note
the Board vote on February 12, 2013.
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The QRIS Program Manager (the on-line application system)
does not yet support the standards removal Board vote.
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BACKGROUND ON REMOVAL
of standards measured elsewhere
The standards proposed to be removed are either measured elsewhere
through evidence based tools, or are currently collected data (i.e.
PQ Registry, BAS, PAS).
JUSTIFICATION FOR KEEPING IN QRIS
The QRIS Standards form the foundation of QRIS, not the measurement
tools. If EEC decides in the future to change the measurement
tools, the standards could be lost. The value of the measurement
tools should not supersede the standards.
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BACKGROUND ON REMOVAL of standards that
do not have a link to child outcomes or are not measurable
Some standards have no link to child outcomes thus it is unclear of their
connection to quality, while other standards are not measurable. Reasons
for these two categories may include:
Some of the standards • are considered vague
• have compound criteria
• are a simple yes/no measure
JUSTIFICATION FOR KEEPING IN QRIS
These standards may still have value in the QRIS system with revisions.
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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REVISIONS
TO QRIS STANDARDS
Changes to the QRIS should be done thoughtfully and be informed by:
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Data from the QRIS Validation Study (UMDI)
Data from the Reliable Rater visits (Wellesley College)
Feedback from the field, stakeholders and community
Best practices shared with other QRIS states
Input from Program Quality Specialists and other EEC staff whom
support QRIS
Contributions from the EEC Board
Resources
Standards Removal Documents:
http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs1/board-materials/20130212-qrisbackground-discussion.pdf
http://www.eec.state.ma.us/2013/20130212-qris-standards-removal.pdf
QRIS Resource Tools for Educators:
http://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-andcare/qris/massachusetts-qris-standards.html
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