Teaching Practices

Resources on CLASS Pre-K®

Learn how to use the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS): Pre-K® observation tool to help improve program quality and outcomes. The resources on this page may be useful to Head Start directors, education managers, coaches, teachers, and others who work with preschoolers.

Understanding and Using CLASS® for Program Improvement

Learn how and when to use CLASS® assessment data for quality program improvement. This brief addresses three main questions: what do the CLASS® results mean?; what are the different ways CLASS® results can be used?; and how should CLASS® results be reported and shared?

Improving Teacher–Child Interactions: Using the CLASS® in Head Start Preschool Programs

Explore this guide to learn how CLASS® relates to school readiness, as well as how to use the tool to collect and apply data. It includes case studies that show how programs have applied CLASS® for support and improvement.

Crosswalk of the 15-Minute In-Service Suites with the CLASS®

This resource connects teaching practices and learning activities in the in-service suites with the domains and dimensions of CLASS®. Head Start grantees may find this tool useful in planning professional development.

ELOF Effective Practice Guide (EPG)/CLASS® Pre-K Crosswalk

Discover how this resource connects preschool teaching practices in the Effective Practice Guides with the CLASS® domains and dimensions. Head Start grantees can use this tool to plan professional development and focus coaching efforts.

Head Start Professional Development and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) Webcast

Learn how Head Start programs can use CLASS® to support professional development and quality improvement efforts. The webcast features Dr. Bob Pianta, the developer of the CLASS®, and the Office of Head Start leadership team. Listen as they discuss the scope of and ways to integrate CLASS® into the Head Start monitoring and review process. 

Last Updated: October 28, 2019