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The Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) and I
Transcript of The Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) and I
by Jamie Gahtan
ITERS and ECERS are scales, which help to assess the quality of a program. The rating scale also serves as a guide for improvement. They are used world wide and adapted towards different cultures. Both have 7 subscales:
• Space and Furnishings
• Personal Care Routines
• Listening and Talking (ITERS) Language-Reasoning (ECERS)
• Program Structure
• Parents and Staff
The intended purpose of ITERS and ECERS is to assess the quality of early childhood programs in different areas. With this basic guide programs can work on improvement using the rating scale as an assessment for current standards. It also informs parents and staff of the quality of the school.
This tool was made initially for researchers and practitioners (“A Directory of Projects that Use the Rating Scales”). Teachers, who want to find out about the quality before sending their children to the school, or potential staff before they apply for a job, could also use the tool. Also directors can use the tool for working on maintaining or creating a quality school.
In the state of Colorado ECERS and ITERS are resources that are available. They can be used by a variety of people to ensue quality. For example in Colorado Springs D-11 all new teachers must meet an overall score of at least a 5. If not “they receive a technical assistance plan” (utilizing). In the state of Colorado the scale is required to include “inclusion of children from ethnically diverse and financially impoverished areas” (Clifford, and Reszka).
To make it easier to use this tool ERSI (www.esri.info) offers multiple supplementary materials. The materials include guidelines and information for procedures. They also have a checklist where you can see all of the different areas that will be assessed.
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"About the Environment Rating Scale Institute (ERSI)." ERS Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2013. <http://www.ersi.info/aboutus.html>.
Clifford, Robert M., and Stephanie S. Reszka. "Reliability and Validity of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale." N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <ers.fpg.unc.edu/sites/ers.fpg.unc.edu/files/ReliabilityEcers.pdf>.
A, utilizing. "CPP Professional Development Ideas | CDE." Colorado Department of Education Home Page | CDE. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2013. <http://www.cde.state.co.us/cpp/bestpracti