The purpose of this study was to help Quality Rating and Improvement System stakeholders better understand validation and outline a set of complementary validation activities. Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for early care and education and school age care programs are designed to collect information about quality and use that information to produce program-level ratings. The ratings are intended to make program quality transparent for parents and other stakeholders and to encourage the selection of higher-quality programs. Validation is a complex endeavor, involving a range of activities.
Authors present four approaches to validation. The first is to examine the validity of key underlying concepts. The second is to examine the measurement strategies and the psychometric properties of the measures used to assess quality. The third is to assess the outputs of the rating process, and the fourth is to relate ratings to children's development. Validation should be an ongoing process based on a carefully designed plan, which should include all four validation approaches when possible.
Report Title: – Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education and School-Age Care
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, 202-690-7885
Performer: Child Trends, Inc.
Record ID: 9910 (June 12, 2012)