Central Kentucky Community Action                   Council Head Start

Serving: Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Washington

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CLASS is an observation instrument developed to assess quality in classrooms.  CLASS focuses on 3 domains-Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support.  Each domain has dimensions that characterize the domain:  Emotional Support which includes: Positive Climate, Negative Climate, Teacher Sensitivity, Regard for Student Perspective.  Classroom Organization includes:  Behavior Management, Productivity, Instructional Learning Formats.  Instructional Support which includes:  Concept Development, Quality of Feedback, Language Modeling. Four twenty minute observations are conducted by a CLASS Reliable observer and scored.  Each observation is scored on a scale from 1 to 7.  One being the lowest and 7 being the highest. 

Central Kentucky CAC Head Start leadership is familiar with research demonstrating the importance of teacher-child interactions in helping promote positive outcomes for children.  The second key component of the Central Kentucky CAC Head Start School Readiness Plan focuses on teacher-child interactions. The team identified two goals for this component:

• Ensure that all classrooms provide effective social, organizational, and instructional teacher-child interactions.

• Systematically use professional development resources to target areas of practice across classrooms, as well as provide more intensive support to teachers most in need.



Domain CKCACHSNational ThresholdDifference
Emotional Support5.975.680.29
Classroom Organization5.735.320.41
Instructional Support3.122.390.73

Class Dimensions CKCACHS
Positive Climate6.54
Negative Climate1.06
Teacher Sensitivity5.31
Regard for Student Perspective5.08
Behavior Management6.23
Instructional Learning Format 4.88
Concept Development3.08
Quality Feedback3.08
Language Modeling3.2