SRF Program

  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, High expectations for every child, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work, Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking.

    Description

    CLASS is an observational tool to assess quality in kindergarten to year three classrooms based on child–teacher interactions.

    It is used to observe and assess emotional and instructional elements of quality in early childhood educational environments by measuring child–teacher interactions in a classroom setting.

    CLASS can be used for research and program evaluation and for improving the practices of educators and teachers.
     

    The following dates have been scheduled for CLASS training in 2019:

    • Southern Melbourne: Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March
    • Brimbank-Melton: Thursday 30th and Friday 31st May

    Note that if services outside of these areas wish to access this training they can contact the provider directly to discuss arrangements for their area.

    Training dates change regularly based on demand so please check the following site for updated dates: https://mspace.unimelb.edu.au/courses/short-courses/class-observation-training

    Detailed Costs

    Two-day training per person: $1,600 + GST.

    Scale manual: $38.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: classroom teachers for children in kindergarten.

    Staffing: educational leaders and teachers can be trained in CLASS. A certified CLASS observer must conduct the classroom observations and assessments (i.e., a teacher cannot use CLASS to assess his or her own classroom). It is helpful if two professionals from one setting attend training to support implementation and application of CLASS.

    Services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Factors to consider: educators who become certified in CLASS and conduct observations and assessments in other rooms may require backfill in order to conduct the observations.

    Training requirements: CLASS includes two observational tools, one for kindergarten classrooms and one for prep to year three classrooms. Using CLASS requires training to be able to make consistent qualitative judgements. Training for each tool involves a two-day workshop.

    Australian experience: the Melbourne Graduate School of Education provides CLASS training.

    Strength of Evidence

    Considered a valid assessment tool