Conducting observations with the CLASS tool takes ongoing practice to master and maintain effective coding skills. CLASS Observer Calibration is designed to help observers continuously fine-tune their skills and strengthen their understanding of the CLASS tool so they can remain reliable in their coding.
Even the most experienced CLASS observers need practice to ensure their classroom observations remain accurate. We recommend that all observers calibrate, and how often one calibrates depends on the amount and frequency of one’s data collection.
CLASS Observer Calibration is offered in:
Teachstone studied the effects of CLASS Observer Calibration on CLASS Observer Recertification pass rates, and found that calibrations not only helped to build confidence in observation skills but also increased likelihood observers would remain a certified CLASS observer.
Certified CLASS Observers who participate in CLASS Observer Calibrations are:
More likely to pass their recertification test (97% compared to 80%)
More likely to pass recertification tests on the first try (82% compared to 51%)
Score higher on recertification tests (87.5% compared to 83.6%)
Deepen your understanding of the scoring process and build more efficient observation practices with Double Coding.
Double Coding is effective in building observer confidence as it gives observers an opportunity to practice and learn from an experienced observer. Double Coding takes place in person, in actual classroom settings giving observers the most realistic practice opportunity.