The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R) is a tool used to assess classroom quality in 7 areas: space and furnishings, personal care routines, language-reasoning, activities, interactions, program structure, and parents and staff. Trained, independent observers rate classrooms on a 7-point scale, where 1 is inadequate and 7 is exceptional. A score of 5 is considered good and 6 is very good.
The cultivation of a healthy, safe and stimulating learning environment is vital to early childhood development. Children thrive in settings where they feel safe and valued, and are given the freedom to develop productive and healthy habits. Determining strengths as well as areas for improvement in classrooms through consistent measurement provides teachers, caregivers, and schools opportunities to improve the well-being of children, as well as to set broader goals for classroom standards.
The overall average score in Rochester pre-kindergarten classrooms was 5.2 for UPK and 5.3 for EPK in 2016. In 2016, this was based on observations of 146 classrooms (99 UPK and 47 EPK) in the Rochester Early Childhood Assessment Partnership.
The mean total score was calculated from mean scores of the 7 subscales. Students are assessed as part of the Rochester Early Childhood Assessment Partnership aimed at promoting quality pre-K classrooms within the City of Rochester. The 2016 scores were broken out for UPK (4-year-olds) and EPK (3-year-olds).