Toward an Understanding of Classroom Context

In 2008, the Educational Testing Service, the University of Virginia, and the RAND Corporation were awarded a three-year grant to explore the best practices in implementing the secondary school version of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS-S), a promising observational instrument that measures student-teacher interactions.

This study has three primary goals:

  1. Continue to develop and refine a theoretically driven and well-researched Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ for secondary settings.
  2. Determine the validity and reliability of this system for secondary classrooms.
  3. Understand the relationships among classroom characteristics, processes and outcomes.

The CLASS-S is an observation system that focuses on instructional support, emotional support, and classroom organization. The study will explore the measurement characteristics of CLASS-S and how CLASS-S scores relate to other measures used in the study. Learn more about CLASS™.

Project Status: 2008 - 2011

Funding Source: William T. Grant Foundation

  • Project Team
    Headshot of Robert C. Pianta
    Robert C. Pianta Batten Bicentennial Professor of Early Childhood Education, Founding Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, .