Maryland EXCELS is Maryland’s quality rating and improvement system for child care and early education programs that meet nationally recognized quality standards. Teachstone’s Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) is an objective and consistent measurement tool of teacher-child interactions. CLASS is used by Maryland EXCELS to assess and provide feedback to licensed Child Care Centers, Family Child Care providers and Public Prekindergarten programs.
Starting on January 1, 2021, in the Accreditation and Rating Scales Content Area, assessments will be conducted by approved MSDE assessors using CLASS. CLASS will replace the Environment Rating Scales, except in School-Age child care settings where we will continue to use the SACERS-u.
CLASS supports the mission of the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood, to improve the early education experiences of young children so that they are prepared for and successful in school. The CLASS measure has been validated and proven to predict child outcomes in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Programs who wish to meet Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating 4 requirements and Quality Rated 5 programs who will receive an assessment every 3 years.
CLASS assessments are conducted by assessors who hold current certification from Teachstone and are approved by MSDE.
The CLASS assessment acknowledges the work you do every day, including meeting Maryland EXCELS Standards. The feedback you receive from the assessment will:
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