External CLASS Observations in Virginia

Partnering Together to Improve Children's Experiences in Virginia

The Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five system, called VQB5, is a measurement and improvement system that focuses on the quality of all publicly-funded birth-five classrooms and supports families to choose quality programming across different program types.

The quality of interactions between teachers and children will be measured in VQB5 using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®). VQB5 will provide multiple CLASS observations to every classroom each year to support continuous quality improvement in all birth to five programs.

There are two types of CLASS observations conducted in VQB5; external and local observations. Teachstone was selected through a competitive process to provide the External Observations for VQB5.

Local Observations, coordinated by Ready Regions, are the primary method for gathering classroom level information about the quality of teacher-child interactions and providing feedback in VQB5. Information about Local CLASS Observations can be found on the VDOE Quality Measurement and Improvement website.

Questions about the use of CLASS in VQB5 can be directed to vqb5@doe.virginia.gov

External Observations

External Observations by Teachstone

External Observations, coordinated by Teachstone, are a secondary method to gather information for the State, about the accuracy and consistency of local observations across the Ready Regions and to provide additional feedback in VQB5.  External observations are coordinated, scheduled, and recorded statewide by Teachstone’s external observation team.

For more information, please contact Teachstone’s External Observation Team at VAexternalobservations@teachstone.com.

Overview of the Statewide External CLASS Observations for Practice Year 2 >

Descripción de las observaciones externas de CLASS a nivel estatal para el año de práctica 2 >

External Observation Resources for 2022-2023

Learn more about the policies and guidance for external observations.

Conflict of Interest Policy for External Observers

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Sample Toddler External Observation Feedback Report

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Sample Infant External Observation Feedback Report

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