Best Practices in Creating and Adapting Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating Scales - Brief & Report

Published: July 11, 2016
Child Care, Early Head Start, Head Start
Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis Project, 2005-2018 | Learn more about this project

Three principles of scale development — Dimensionality, Item Selection, & Item Scoring are especially relevant for Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) rating scales. This brief describes how using these principles can help in the development and refinement of QRIS rating scales. Attention to these principles will enhance the ability of QRIS ratings to achieve the goal of predicting observed quality scores and child outcomes.

The additional technical report describes the analysis in detail, highlighting the data from six large studies of early care and education quality used, as well the  quality indicators used and three sets of analyses.

Last Reviewed: December 18, 2018