The assessment team will develop a technology-based observational tool that can be used by practitioners in prekindergarten through third grade classrooms to assess instruction, teacher-child interactions and the classroom learning environment.
Known as the OLOS Early Learning Observation System, the tool will address the need for a comprehensive, multidimensional assessment of structural features, classroom processes and the quality of instruction, at the level of the individual child, in subject matter areas associated with child outcomes across the transition from preschool to third grade.
The assessment team will begin development in southern California PreK and early elementary schools, serving ethnic/racial minorities, English Language Learners and children living in poverty.
Following initial development, the assessment team will work with other members of the Early Learning Network to pilot-test and validate the OLOS Early Learning Observation System. These settings include Boston, Massachusetts; Fairfax County, Virginia; rural and urban school districts in Nebraska; rural counties in North Carolina; and selected school districts in Ohio.