Of the 24 statewide quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS), 21 include linkages to national program accreditation and 15 include accreditation status as an alternative pathway to quality at a specific level of a statewide QRIS. While there is general agreement that program accreditation status is a valid measure of overall quality, little attention has been paid to the relationship between accreditation status and the threshold scores on classroom assessment tools such as the Environment Rating Scales (ERS: ECERS-R, ITERS-R, SACERS) and administrative assessment tools such as the Program Administration Scale (PAS), frequently used to determine incremental levels of program quality in QRIS. The present study was designed to focus attention on the relationship between accreditation status and the program quality assessment scores commonly used in statewide QRIS. The study also examined what star level would have been achieved by accredited programs if the quality level was determined by assessment scores instead of accreditation status.
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, "Accreditation as an Alternative Pathway to Quality in QRIS" (2013). McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership Publications. 9.