The Classroom Learning Activities Checklist (CLAC) is a brief classroom observation measure that assesses task-oriented and self-regulated learning in early childhood environments. We assessed the tool’s dimensionality and validity in predicting prekindergarten (PreK) learning gains. The study sample is from the Midwest Child-Parent Center (MCPC) program, an evidence-based PreK–3rd grade school reform model providing comprehensive educational and family support services. Data from 1358 enrolled students in 72 observed classrooms indicated that a 2-factor model—instructional responsiveness and student engagement—explained 50% of the variance in item scores. Evidence for construct validity was strong. Linear and probit regression analyses indicated that CLAC scores independently predicted learning gains in literacy (ES =.34 SD) and math (ES =.30 SD) on the Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment System, a standardized performance assessment. Findings support the validity of the CLAC in assessing the classroom learning environment. Implications for program monitoring, evaluation, and professional development are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2019|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Preparation of this manuscript was supported by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation (U411B110098), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (No. HD034294), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (No. OPP1173152).
© 2019, The Author(s).
- Classroom assessment
- Predictive validity
- School readiness