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Large-Scale Psychometric Assessment of the ECERS-3

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset : observational data, other, survey data
Creator
  • Early, Diane (Child Trends)
  • Neitzel, Jennifer (UNC-CH FPG Child Development Institute)
  • Sideris, John (University of Southern California)
  • LaForett, Doré (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute)
  • Gunn, Elizabeth (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute)
Publication Date
2019-01-01
Funding Reference
  • Institute for Education Sciences, US Department of Education
    • Award Number: R305A150109
Description
  • Abstract

    The goal of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the ECERS-3 including its relation with children’s early learning outcomes and another classroom quality measure. The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Third Edition (ECERS-3; Harms, Clifford, & Cryer, 2014) is the latest version of one of the most widely used observational tools used for assessing the quality of classrooms serving preschool aged children. Like its predecessor, the ECERS-R, this new version of the ECERS covers a broad range of children’s developmental needs, including cognitive, social-emotional, physical, health, and safety. Changes in the new ECERS-3 include a greater emphasis on the role of the teacher as well as changes in the items, indicators, and procedures for conducting the observation and scoring.

    The ECERS-3 Validation study collected ECERS-3 observations in over 1,000 classrooms serving 3-5 year-old children (e.g., state Pre-K, community-based child care, Head Start) in Georgia, Washington, and Pennsylvania. In a subset those classrooms (n = 119), Classroom Assessment Scoring System Pre-K (CLASS; Pianta, LaParo, & Hamre, 2008) observations and pre/posttest child assessment data were also collected.

    Detailed methods can be found at: Early, D. M., Sideris, J., Neitzel, J., LaForett, D. R., & Nehler, C. G. (2018). Factor structure and validity of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Third Edition (ECERS-3). Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 44, 242–256. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.04.009
  • Weighting

    none
  • Technical Information

    Response Rates: varied by state, see http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.04.009
  • Technical Information

    Presence of Common Scales:
      Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-3rd Edition (ECERS-3; n = 1,063)

      Classroom Assessment Scoring System - PreK (CLASS Pre-K; n = 119; subset of ECERS-3 classrooms)

      Child assessment battery (575 children from the 119 classrooms with CLASS observations; administered two times at the start and end of the school year)
      Woodcock Johnson IV Picture Vocabulary
      Woodcock Johnson IV Letter Word
      Woodcock Johnson IV Applied Problems
      Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders (measure of executive function)
      Devereux Early Childhood Assessment Preschool Program, 2nd Edition) (teacher report of children’s social skills)
Temporal Coverage
  • 2015-09-01 / 2016-06-30
    Time Period: Tue Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2015--Thu Jun 30 00:00:00 EDT 2016 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
  • 2015-09-01 / 2016-06-30
    Collection Date(s): Tue Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2015--Thu Jun 30 00:00:00 EDT 2016
Geographic Coverage
  • Washington state
  • Georgia
  • Pennsylvania
Sampling
purposive, non-representative
Collection Mode
  • coded on-site observation~~cognitive assessment test~~on-site questionnaire~~self-enumerated questionnaire~~

    Detailed methods can be found at: Early, D. M., Sideris, J., Neitzel, J., LaForett, D. R., & Nehler, C. G. (2018). Factor structure and validity of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Third Edition (ECERS-3). Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 44, 242–256. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.04.009

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  • Cites
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.04.009 (Text)
Publications
  • Early, D.M., J Sideris, J Neitzel, D.R. LaForett, and C.G. Nehler. “Factor Structure and Validity of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Third Edition (ECERS-3).” Early Childhood Research Quarterly 44 (2018): 242–256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.04.009.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2018.04.009 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-02-02 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-02-02

Early, Diane; Neitzel, Jennifer; Sideris, John; LaForett, Doré; Gunn, Elizabeth (2019): Large-Scale Psychometric Assessment of the ECERS-3. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E109602