Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program, Program Assessment
What is CLASS? The Classroom Scoring System (CLASS) is an evidence-based observational tool used to assess the effectiveness of teacher-child interactions in the classroom focusing on the following domains: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support. Research supports that quality interactions between adults and children promote children’s social and cognitive development, helping them thrive in their learning environments. Classrooms that have received high CLASS scores are proven to support greater learning gains in language, math and early literacy development. CLASS® is the VPK program assessment tool required for all VPK classrooms to participate beginning in the 2022-2023 program year per 1002.68 F.S. Program Assessment Requirements for the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program Rule can be found here: 6M-8.621.
Observers wishing to make data changes in WELS should complete the following request form:
VPK Class Observation Data Change Request Form
November 19, 2021 Memo VPK Program Assessment Requirements and Training Opportunities
June 17, 2022 Memo VPK Program Assessment Requirements and Training Opportunities
Resources for VPK Programs:
What is CLASS? Teachers F.A.Q.
Helpful Hints for ELC Implementation of Classroom Assessment Scoring System
VPK Program Assessment Requirements Handbook
Resources for VPK Families:
For local VPK Program Assessment training opportunities, contact your local Early Learning Coalition.
Please email VPKCLASS@del.fldoe.org with any questions.