Here, you will find resources such as practical guides, FAQs, and presentations on various topics related to Quality Counts California and a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) to support you in communicating the importance of QRISs. Quality Counts California is building a digital resource library to support you in your messaging about quality improvement through Quality Counts California. Please see the Resources section on the right-side of this page to easily browse, download, and print resources that may be of interest to you.
San Luis Obispo Quality Counts Research
Britney Ogden, Quality Counts Supervisor developed an academic research article regarding Quality Counts. This research was developed in 2019 and explores teachers’ perceptions of the validity of Quality Counts San Luis Obispo (QCSLO) quality ratings and the effectiveness of intervention (training, coaching) in improving early care and education (ECE) program quality. The purpose of this research is to improve data collection efforts to include provider perception because perception influences behavior, motivation, and future system improvement efforts. Mixed-method data analysis utilizing a self-created, online survey, and subsequent personal interview provide a generalization of participant perception. Participants perceive QCSLO quality ratings as a valid instrument for assessing program quality. Some disagreements result from the perceived bias of assessment tools. Participants also perceive QCSLO interventions (training, coaching) as a helpful strategy in improving ECE program quality despite minor disagreement based upon timeliness of feedback and training variety. Resulting recommendations for QCSLO system improvement include advocacy of alternative rating assessment tools, specific guidelines for timeliness of coach feedback, alteration to assessment follow-up procedure, and diversification of professional development opportunities.
Mathematica Policy Research conducted a study in 2014 across QRIS research with the goal to provide more clarity on using a QRIS to promote systems change.
Quality Counts California offers a Frequently Asked Questions resource for policymakers that explains what a QRIS is and provides information about related standards and funding structure. Quality Counts California offers aPress Talking Points resource for policymakers on how to talk about a QRIS and its importance. Learn about other compelling statistics on the Why Is Quality Important page of the website.