The Logic Model was created by the Keystone STARS Re-visioning Think Tank and other stakeholders’ priorities and expectations for the change process.
On November 10, 2015, the William Penn Foundation released “An Inquiry of Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS.” The Inquiry will be the springboard to inform this refinement.
The Inquiry recommended that OCDEL:
- Streamline STARS standards to focus on:
- Evidence-based standards – those that are measurable, mutable and directly linked to child outcomes;
- Individual improvement activities – these will include flexibility to achieve meaningful and sustainable quality; and
- Monitoring and reporting – improve alignment with sate priorities and system maintenance to ensure sustainability.
- Refine and modify worksheets and required sources of evidence for STARS designation so they maintain the rigor without rigidity.
- Define Keystone STARS levels as steps to quality with a meaningful progression of expectations with each STARS level.
- Coordinate and align Keystone STARS revisions with the implementation of the new Child Care and Development Block Grant provisions, integrated services work, data systems integration, professional development and technical assistance.
STARS Think Tank
The Keystone STARS QRIS Revisioning Think Tank Team is charged with engaging a diverse group of early learning stakeholders in the creation of a new conceptual framework for Keystone STARS. This new framework will define the shared core principles of a quality rating and improvement system that is meaningful to and inclusive of all children,families and early learning professionals in Pennsylvania's diverse early learning settings. The Keystone STARS Think Tank participated in a guided work sessions to develop draft core principles for a new framework for Keystone STARS.
On November 10, 2016, more than 60 members of the Keystone STARS Think Tank met to discuss and review the current Keystone STARS performance indicators to start thinking about what are the few and powerful standards that best measure quality, and can be measured. Next step is for the members of the Quality Indicators and Program Alignment Workgroup to conduct their own assessment using the criteria of evidence-based/high value, achievability and feasibility for objective measurement and merge that with the results of the Think Tank.
Here is a list of STARS Think Tank participants.
STARS Webinar Recordings
OCDEL hosted three webinars in March 2016 in which participants reviewed and provided feedback to the draft Keystone STARS framework and core values drafted at the Keystone STARS Think Tank at the end of February.
References for October 2016 Process Update:
1. Zaslow, M. & Tout, I. (2014) Reviewing and Clarifying Goals, Outcomes and Levels of Implementation: Toward the Next Generation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). OPRE Research Brief #2014-75. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
2. Tout, K., Chien, N., Rothenberg, L. & Li, W. (2014). Implications of QRIS Design for the Distribution of Program Ratings and Linkages between Ratings and Observed Quality. OPRE Research Brief #2014-33. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
3. Burchinal, M., Tarullo, L. & Zaslow, M. (2016). Best Practices in Creating and Adapting Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Rating Scales. OPRE Research Brief #2016-25. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
4. Schilder, D., Iruka, I., Dichter, H., and Mathias, D. (2015). Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Stakeholder Theories of Change and Models of Practice. Retrieved from http://qrisnetwork.org/resource/2016/quality-rating-and-improvement-systems-stakeholder-theories-change-and-models-practice.
5. Maxwell, K. L., Sosinsky, L., Tout, K., & Hegseth, D. (2016). Coordinated Monitoring Systems for Early Care and Education. OPRE Research Brief #2016-19. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
6. Zaslow, M., Tout, K., & Halle, T. (2012). On-Site Approaches to Quality Improvement in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: Building on the Research on Coaching, Research-to-Policy, Research-to-Practice Brief OPRE 2012-40. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.