Pressures of the Season: A Descriptive Look at Classroom Quality in Second and Third Grade Classrooms

By: Stephen B. Plank and Barbara Condliffe

homepage-bannerPressures of the Season: A Descriptive Look at Classroom Quality in Second and Third Grade Classrooms reports the findings from 347 observations conducted in 23 second and third grade classrooms over two years to paint a picture of the in-school experiences of students who hadbeen first graders in eight Baltimore City Public Schools in 2007-08. Using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), an observation instrument and protocol developed by researchers at the University of Virginia (Pianta, La Paro & Hamre 2008), a rigorously trained team of classroom observers conducted eight observations in each classroom over two days in January and another eight observations over two days in May. Implications are discussed in the policy brief.

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