The Office of Head Start recently posted their OHS CLASS Reviewer Field Guide for 2014. For anyone new or unfamiliar with Head Start monitoring, the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Pre-K is an observation tool that assesses interactions between teachers and children that’s used as part of the triennial monitoring of Head Start classrooms. This Field Guide lays out the do’s and don’ts for OHS CLASS reviewers specifically as they use CLASS to monitor programs; as you’ll see if you read it in full, use for program monitoring differs from classroom monitoring because the intention is to monitor enough classrooms to get a valid sample across an entire program rather than spending enough time in any one classroom to evaluate a particular teacher.
If you have a review coming up, we encourage you to read the full document both so your staff is prepared for what to expect and so you can recognize and respond to any features of the CLASS review that are conducted inappropriately. In the meantime, here are ten details from the Field Guide that speak to commonly asked questions about CLASS use for monitoring!