Low Score Reassessments during the Temporary Assessment Process
: There may be situations when a program that participated in the Temporary Assessment Process chooses to be reassessed due to a low score. If this applies to your program, the following information and linked resources explain some important ideas to consider prior to requesting a low-score reassessment and the steps that will occur during the temporary process.
We encourage programs to use the recently completed assessment report from the Modified Assessment to think carefully about the environment and daily schedule to make positive changes. When looking at the assessment report from the first Modified Assessment, remember to pay attention not only to lower scoring areas, but also those that earned high scores to verify that similar characteristics or practices are still in place.
Before requesting a reassessment, allow time to fully understand the Environment Rating Scale requirements while thinking about the individual needs of the children currently enrolled and to participate in training and/or TA. Although not required, completing the self-study worksheets listed below is highly recommended. These focus on two subscales scored by assessors during the Modified Assessment, so these are different from the ones completed for the Reflective Self-Study.
For the Modified Assessments
only certain ERS items are scored by NCRLAP assessors since lengthy observations in classrooms/programs are not possible currently. Additionally, some typical activities or routines are not allowed or recommended by the Child Care Strong NC Public Health Toolkit Interim Guidance, so these items are omitted from the Modified Assessments. The items that can be scored primarily use evidence from the physical environment and/or teacher interview (e.g., space and furnishings, activities and materials for learning and play). Scoring criteria for the specific items has not changed, although in some cases additional questions are asked during the interview to address specific indicators that would typically be observation-based.
- To complete the modified assessment, an assessor visits a classroom for 30-45 minutes, preferably when children are not present, to complete documentation and take photographs of the environment and materials; a teacher interview is also necessary although this does not have to occur in-person and can be scheduled to occur with a phone call or Zoom meeting for later that day or the next.
- The average score that is derived represents only the specific items scored. An assessment report is created for each participating classroom.
- For child care centers, the number of classrooms to be assessed remains the same (e.g., one-third of the overall number of classrooms with each scale/age group represented based on current enrollment). Random selection to determine which room(s) will be assessed will occur on the day of the assessor's visit to the site.
Modified Assessment resources: