Mass. Approves Early-Childhood Rating System

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The Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Proposed Revised Standards have been published by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and on December 14, 2010, the Board of Early Education and Care voted unanimously to approve the standards.

Since August, an EDC research team—Diane Schilder, Jessica Young, Louisa Anastasapolous, Stephanie Kimura, and Bret Rivera—has engaged in a rigorous research study of the previous set of standards to examine the evidence related to the standards and to inform the revision of the standards. The Proposed Revised Standards, developed by the research team, will be put in place for early education and child care providers throughout the Commonwealth.

To inform the revision of the standards, the team reviewed over 400 peer-reviewed research articles and reports, analyzed standards from 20 other states, conducted key informant interviews with national experts, and compared each standard with existing valid and reliable observation measures. In addition, the team collected stakeholder feedback data from over 700 stakeholders across the Commonwealth, met with the Department of Early Education and Care Policy and Research Committee, presented information at regional forums, and conducted dozens of key informant interviews. For more information,contact Diane Schilder. Read a related blog MA Adopts QRIS Standards.

Last Updated: February 2011