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Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. CLASS is in session:. Teacher-Child Interactions in Early Childhood Settings. What is CLASS?. C lassroom A ssessment and S coring S ystem. What is CLASS?. Designed by TeachStone

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governor s office of early childhood

Governor’s Office of Early Childhood

CLASS is in session:

Teacher-Child Interactions in Early Childhood Settings

what is class
What is CLASS?


Assessment and



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What is CLASS?
  • Designed by TeachStone
  • Based on research from University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education
  • Data supports teachers’ unique professional development needs
    • focuses on effective teaching
    • helps teachers recognize and understand the power of their interactions with students
    • works across age levels and subjects
  • Assesses classroom quality
  • Tool designed for many age groups
who can use class
Who can use CLASS?

The CLASS™ tool is used by teachers, administrators, researchers, and data collectors for a variety of purposes, including

  • Teacher preparation
  • Teacher performance assessment
  • Professional development
  • Program monitoring
  • Research and evaluation
scoring with class
Scoring with CLASS

Scoring Matrix











domains of class
Domains of CLASS


Emotional Support

Classroom Organization

Instructional Support

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Domains of CLASS


  • Emotional Support
  • Positive Climate
  • Negative Climate
  • Teacher Sensitivity
  • Regard for Student Perspective

Classroom Organization

Instructional Support

emotional support
Emotional Support

Positive Climate – The emotional connection, respect and enjoyment demonstrated between teachers and students and among students

Negative Climate – The level of expressed negativity such as anger, hostility, or aggression exhibited by teachers and/or students in the classroom

Teacher Sensitivity – Teachers’ awareness of and response to students’ academic and emotional concerns

Regard for Student Perspective – The degree to which teachers’ interactions with students and classroom activities place an emphasis on the students’ interests, motivations and points of view

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Domains of CLASS


Emotional Support

  • Classroom Organization
  • Behavior Management
  • Productivity
  • Instructional Learning Formats

Instructional Support

classroom organization
Classroom Organization

Behavior Management – How effectively teachers monitor, prevent and redirect behavior

Productivity – How well the classroom runs with respect to routines and the degree to which teachers organize activities and directions so that the maximum time can be spent on learning activities

Instructional Learning Formats – How teachers facilitate activities and provide interesting materials so that students are engaged and learning opportunities are maximized

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Domains of CLASS


Emotional Support

Classroom Organization

  • Instructional Support
  • Concept Development
  • Quality of Feedback
  • Language Modeling
instructional support
Instructional Support

Concept Development – How teachers use instructional discussion and activities to promote students’ higher-order thinking skills in contrast to a focus on rote instruction

Quality of Feedback – How teachers extend students’ learning through their responses to students’ ideas, comments and work

Language Modeling – The extent to which teachers facilitate and encourage students’ language

class scoring
  • Frequency of Scoring
    • Four to six twenty minute observations
    • Ten minutes of scoring after each observation periods
    • Observers score all ten dimensions each time
    • Cumulative score is the average of all observations
  • Other Considerations
    • Observations can be made during any organized activities (including lunch and transitions)
    • Not to be used for outdoor play
    • Observations must be conducted in one day
    • Includes all adults in the setting
    • Should reflect the average classroom experience
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National Averages

Emotional Support

Classroom Organization

Instructional Support

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  • Inter-rater Reliability
    • Introductory training (2 Days)
    • Online Test (must maintain 80% reliability)
    • Scores are “reliable” if they fall within one (plus or minus) of a master coder
    • Reliability must be renewed annually (re-test)
  • Maintaining Inter-rater Reliability
    • Organizations are encouraged to engage in inter-rater reliability exercises throughout the year
    • Video tape environments
    • Score jointly to check results
    • Develop strategies to integrate lessons learned
    • Integrate CLASS scores into PD system
  • Resources and Links
    • TeachStone website
    • Teachstone Implementation Guide (http://
    • Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center
    • Head Start Training and Technical Assistance (
    • Your local Head Start (