Education Week cites work at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and its’ Founding Director, Robert Pianta, in a new article entitled “States View Teacher Quality as Pre-K Rating Factor.”
Pianta, who is also the Dean of the Curry School of Education, explained how Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) are gaining momentum and new states are starting initiatives.
The aim, he said, is to improve the quality of early-childhood education while providing an easy-to-understand evaluation of day-care and preschool programs for the consumers who use them. While states vary in the way they assess programs for ratings, he said, most offer some financial incentive—provided by the state or federal government or, in some cases, foundations—for good quality, including teachers’ educational advancement. “The concept is an A,” Mr. Pianta said. “It really matters what teachers are doing with kids in classrooms.”