The Snapshot is a time sampling observation instrument designed to describe children’s exposure to instruction and engagement in academic activities as well as to describe activities and adult responsive involvement. The Snapshot’s unique contributions to previous observational instruments are in the teacher engagement of the children and children’s engagement with academic activities sections.
This 2006 Microsoft PowerPoint presents background information on the issue of measuring early childhood professional development. A "common core" of items for State data collection is being developed. A distinction is made between formal education and training. How this distinction can be adopted in data collection and reporting is discussed. Some of the components of professional development include: (1) format, (2) auspice, (3) mode of delivery, (4) content, (5) recency or time frame, and (6) extent of training.
This powerpoint explores several key issues in measuring quality including: which measures best capture the system wide vision of quality; are the measures driving the vision; what infrastructure is needed to support measurement of quality on a large scale; and how can these measures be used to distinguish levels of quality?