At STAR 2, programs select an approved POI to use for internal assessment and use the results to inform goals for improvement. At STAR 3 and 4 programs develop an Internal Assessment (IA)Team to design their ongoing Internal Assessment Process (IAP) for completing yearly internal assessments in partnership with their Quality Coach and a Pennsylvania Key Assessor.
Programs may also elect to work on optional Keystone STARS Standard indicators that support adding additional POIs to their IAP. These additional indicators also offer the opportunity to have a Pennsylvania Key Assessor conduct an external assessment for CQI feedback to add to the internally gathered assessment information. The external feedback, from an experienced observer, enhances the information the program’s IA Team will use to determine a focus for change, and goals to add to the CQI Plan.
There are multiple Keystone STARS approved POIs that programs can choose from to investigate their current classroom and/or leadership and management practices. Some POIs are designed to review a broad range of practice; others have a narrow focus on a few specific practices. Allowing programs to choose a POI that provides feedback on areas of practice that match their goals, investigate areas where challenges exist or focus on new areas for growth supports creating individual CQI journeys from STAR 1 to STAR 4. For basic information on approved POIs, see the Program Observation Instruments Overview (PDF).
Use the following table to explore the POIs further. Click the POI title to access more information and resources associated with each instrument.