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CLASS Observations

What is the CLASS Tool?

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is an observational tool that provides a common lens and language focused on what matters, the classroom interactions that boost student learning.

Data from CLASS observations are used to support teachers unique professional development needs and set school-wide goals.

Based on research from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and studied in thousands of classrooms nationwide, the CLASS tool:
  • Focuses on effective teaching
  • Helps teachers recognize and understand the power of their interactions with students
  • Aligns with professional development tools
  • Works across age levels and subjects

The CLASS tool works. CLASS-based professional development tools increase teacher effectiveness. Students in classrooms with higher CLASS scores achieve at higher levels than their peers in classrooms with lower CLASS scores.

The CLASS observation tool is used in Levels 2,3, and 4 of the QRIS.

At PET we have staff who are CLASS reliable raters.

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