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CLASS® Pre-K Dimensions Guide

CLASS® Pre-K Dimensions Guide

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Introduce teachers to the 10 dimensions of the CLASS Pre-K tool with this concise quick-guide, which includes practical teaching tips for strengthening each of the areas assessed with the popular observational tool. This guide is used with the bestselling CLASS observational tool that measures interactions between children and teachers -- a primary ingredient of high-quality early educational experiences. With versions for toddler programs and pre-K and K-3 classrooms, the reliable and valid CLASS tool establishes an accurate picture of the classroom through brief, repeated observation and scoring cycles and effectively pinpoints areas for improvement. Available in English or Spanish.


The accurate, reliable way to assess teacher–child interactions

For programs serving children from ages 3–5

With this pre-K version of the widely used Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™) tool, your early childhood program will have an accurate, reliable way to assess classrooms. The CLASS™ Pre-K tool assesses teacher–child interactions, a primary ingredient of early educational experiences that prepare children for future school success.

This reliable and valid tool:

  • Assesses three key domains of teacher–student interaction: Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support
  • Provides developmentally appropriate descriptions of what effective interactions look like in pre-K classrooms
  • Establishes an accurate picture of classroom interactions through brief, repeated observation and scoring cycles
  • Highlights areas of strength and areas for growth useful for guiding improvement efforts
  • Provides important information related to your program’s most urgent needs: accountability, professional development, and research

The CLASS™ Pre-K Dimensions

The CLASS™ Pre-K tool measures 10 critical dimensions that fall under three domains. You can get a reader-friendly overview and teaching tips for each domain in the CLASS™ Pre-K Dimensions Guide, available in English or Spanish.

Emotional support

  • Positive climate
  • Negative climate
  • Teacher sensitivity
  • Regard for student perspectives

Classroom organization

  • Behavior management
  • Productivity
  • Instructional Learning Formats

Instructional Supports

  • Instructional supports
  • Concept development
  • Quality of feedback
  • Language modeling


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