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Rejoinder to Teachstone's "Dual Language Learners and The Class Measure"


June 2013

Over the past two years, the CQEE has monitored and raised concerns  about the implementation of the early education observation tool CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) in early care and learning environments where children do not understand or speak English or who are at varying levels of English proficiency. Teachstone’s brief sought to address those concerns, yet their responses are not adequate as there are still several major concerns regarding the appropriateness of CLASS for Dual Language Learners (DLLs).

The CQEE recognizes that there are positive aspects of CLASS that may make it a valid classroom rating tool in early care and learning environments where the children and teachers are monolingual English speakers. That said, the Rejoinder details the CQEE’s ongoing concerns with the underrepresentation of behavioral indicators that reflect the language and culture of DLLs.