Progress and Challenges in Developing Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (TQRIS) in the Round 1 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) States
- Eight of the nine states had a statewide TQRIS in place by 2015.
- States promoted participation in TQRIS in several ways. States made participation mandatory for certain programs, such as public prekindergarten programs or Head Start programs. States provided alternate pathways into higher rating levels. States offered financial incentives tied to higher ratings.
- States used different methods to calculate ratings, some of which changed over time.
- States used various sources of evidence to collect the information needed to rate programs, and they developed processes and standards to help ensure the reliability of this information.
Evaluating Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants
U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences
Patricia Del Grosso