Program Assessments

The Early Childhood Framework for Quality (EFQ) describes key practices and structures that are essential in high-quality early childhood programs to prepare children for success, many of which are related to early learning environments at a program and the interactions between teaching staff and children. The NYCDOE uses the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and the Early Childhood Environmental Ratings Scale – Revised (ECERS-R) tools to understand the extent to which 3-K for All and Pre-K for All programs are successful at reaching those high-quality standards that support student development and learning across all five domains of the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC). Both tools are grounded in research about the essential supports for promoting children’s achievement.

Program Assessment Results by Year

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

The CLASS is an observation tool that assesses the quality of teacher-child interactions in preschool classrooms. CLASS includes three domains or categories of teacher-child interactions that support children's learning and development: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support. Within each domain are dimensions that capture more specific details about teachers' interactions with children.

Additional resources and information about the CLASS tool are available from the purveyor of the tool, Teachstone, Inc.

CLASS Resources from the NYCDOE

  • CLASS FAQs: This document explains the process and protocols that the NYCDOE uses when conducting pre-K CLASS assessments.
  • Reading your CLASS report: This document offers tips on how to read CLASS reports, focusing on Frequency, Depth, and Duration.
  • CLASS Planning Template
  • EFQ-CLASS crosswalk: This chart outlines how the practices listed in the EFQ align with the CLASS. You may use them when reviewing your CLASS scores, and using the EFQ to engage in goal-setting with your team.

In-Person CLASS trainings offered by the NYCDOE:

DECE Program Assessment Team organizes free full-day CLASS trainings that provide an overview of the CLASS tool. These trainings are not part of the Inspire, Thrive, Explore, or the Create professional learning tracks and are optional workshops that take place outside of the PL tracks. 

We are continuing to partner with ProTraxx.com to manage professional learning enrollment and certificates. If you do not have a Protraxx account or would like more information, please visit DECE’s Professional Learning page on InfoHub. Enrollment for CLASS trainings will open on Protraxx one month before each training date and close one week before the event, or sooner if we have reached maximum capacity. You can find more information about CLASS and ECERS-R ProTraxx enrollment process and our waitlist process in the CLASS and ECERS-R Protraxx Process One-Pager.

We have listed enrollment open dates below. These are the dates when the activity will be open for enrollment on ProTraxx. All trainings are full-day sessions from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Space is limited and fills up fast!

Summer Sessions:

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: July 12
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: July 19

Fall Sessions:

  • Friday, September 20, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: August 20
  • Friday, September 27, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: August 27
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: September 23
  • Friday, October 25, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: September 25
Winter Sessions:
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: October 11
  • Friday, December 6, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: November 5

More dates to be announced!

CLASS Webinars

This recorded webinar series provides an overview of the way that the NYCDOE uses the CLASS tool and all components of the tool.

Please share your feedback on the CLASS webinars with us.

The Early Childhood Environmental Rating System - Revised (ECERS-R)

The ECERS-R is an observation tool that assesses the quality of the overall learning environment. ECERS-R includes 6 subscales: Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Language-Reasoning, Activities, Interaction, and Program Structure. Within each subscale are rubrics that look at specific aspects of the learning environment.

Additional resources and information about the ECERS-R tool are available from the purveyor of the tool, the Environment Rating Scales Institute.

ECERS-R Resources from the NYCDOE

  • ECERS-R FAQs: This document explains the process and protocols that the NYCDOE uses when conducting pre-K ECERS-R assessments.
  • NYCDOE DECE Additional Notes for ECERS-R: In order to make the ECERS-R tool a better fit for programs in NYC and to align the ECERS-R to Pre-K for All policy, the NYCDOE has made revisions to the way that several ECERS-R indicators are scored. This document provides a detailed description of these changes, in addition to changes made by the Environment Rating Scales Institute.
  • ECERS-R Planning Template: This template is intended to assist program leaders in using their ECERS-R reports to plan and make changes to improve the quality of their programs. For more information on how to use this form, please reference the ECERS-R 104 Webinar.
  • Table Cleaning Procedures: Procedures to follow before any time that children eat.
  • Hand Cleaning Procedures: Proper handwashing procedures to follow by all children and staff.
  • EPA Approved Cleaning Products Resource
  • Safety Guidelines
  • EFQ-ECERS-R crosswalk: This chart outlines how the practices listed in the EFQ align with the ECERS-R. You may use them when reviewing your ECERS-R scores, and using the EFQ to engage in goal-setting with your team.

In-Person ECERS-R trainings offered by the NYCDOE:

DECE Program Assessment Team organizes free full-day ECERS-R trainings that provide an overview of the ECERS-R tool. These trainings are not part of the Inspire, Thrive, Explore, or the Create professional learning tracks and are optional workshops that take place outside of the PL tracks. 

We are continuing to partner with ProTraxx.com to manage professional learning enrollment and certificates. If you do not have a Protraxx account or would like more information, please visit DECE’s Professional Learning page on InfoHub. Enrollment for ECERS-R trainings will open on Protraxx one month before each training date and close one week before the event, or sooner if we have reached maximum capacity. You can find more information about CLASS and ECERS-R ProTraxx enrollment process and our waitlist process in the CLASS ECERS-R Protraxx Process One-Pager.

We have listed enrollment open dates below. These are the dates when the activity will be open for enrollment on Protraxx. All trainings are full-day sessions from 8:30am to 3:30pm.Space is limited and fills up fast!

Summer Sessions:

  • Monday, June 3, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: May 3
  • Friday, June 14, 2019
    • 8:30am - 3:30pm
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: May 14
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: July 15
  • Friday, August 23, 2019
    • Enrollment Opens on Protraxx: July 23
Fall Sessions:
  • Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: August 12
  • Tuesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: August 19
  • Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: September 10
Winter Sessions:
  • Friday, November 15, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: October 15
  • Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: October 18
  • Tuesday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: November 12
  • Friday, December 13, 2019
    • Enrollment opens on Protraxx: November 12

More dates to be announced!

ECERS-R Webinars

This recorded webinar series provides an overview of the way that the NYCDOE uses the ECERS-R tool and some of the key requirements of the ECERS-R.

Please share your feedback on the ECERS-R Webinars with us.

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