The Teacher-Child Rating Scale is used by teachers to measure the social and emotional behaviors of pre-kindergarten students. After at least four weeks of teacher observation, children are evaluated in four domains: task orientation, behavior control, assertiveness, and peer social skills.
Students who have strong task orientation, behavior control, assertiveness, and peer social skills are more prepared for kindergarten and academic success thereafter. Early assessment of social and emotional health allows for identification of individual and group problem areas, and provides a basis for timely intervention.
In 2016, pre-k students in Rochester scored in the 60th percentile or above compared to national samples of students. Overall they were somewhat higher in assertiveness (65th percentile) and peer social skills (64th percentile), compared to task orientation (57nd percentile) and behavior control (56th percentile). All scores have decreased slightly since 2015. In 2016, a little over 1,700 Rochester students were evaluated.
Students are assessed as part of the Rochester Early Childhood Assessment Partnership aimed at promoting quality pre-K classrooms within the City of Rochester.