Mixed Methods Investigation of Quality Rating Systems' Influence on Program, Classroom, and Teacher Quality
Kagan, Sharon Lynn;
||In an effort to improve and unify early care and education, policymakers in numerous states have developed quality rating and improvement systems, a policy that establishes common quality standards for early childhood programs. This study explored the relationship between Colorado's Qualistar Rating System and process and structural dimensions of quality as measured by the ECERS. By analyzing the association between program characteristics and changes in quality as well as by assessing the transcendence of quality definitions, I also investigated how it is unifying the early care and education system. The research questions are: (1) In what ways, if any, does participation in Colorado's QRIS relate to classrooms' process quality?; (2) In what ways, if any, does participation in Colorado's QRIS relate to classrooms' structural quality?; and (3) In what ways, if any, is Colorado's QRIS impacting the emerging ECE system?
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