Southern Utah University Head Start (SUU HS) is located in Cedar City, Utah and supports 21 classrooms across a large geographic area. It is funded through Head Start and managed through Southern Utah University.
SUU Head Start’s CLASS roots go all the way back to 2007 (prior to Head Start’s adoption of the measure). The program has always used CLASS as a professional development tool—conducting observations and using scores to identify training and PD needs. Recognizing this as a strong approach, SUU HS recently decided to go deeper in their CLASS implementation to achieve a more formalized and consistent professional development program.
The spread of COVID-19 has led many schools and programs to put social distancing practices in place for the start of the 2020–2021 school year. The adoption of masks, physical distancing, and other precautions has led teachers to ask how they can maintain effective interactions with the children in their classrooms.
CLASS allows us to quantify the quality of teacher-child interactions—and that is a powerful thing. But improving child outcomes takes more than just data collection; it’s what you do with the data that really matters.
Here are 4 things you should know about using data to improve student outcomes.