Expectations for Assessment
Whether you have requested an assessment for practice or for verification, we understand there is often some stress and anxiety associated with having your program assessed. Knowing what to expect of the assessment process will hopefully help to put you and your staff at ease.
The Environment Rating Scales (ERS) are designed to capture a snapshot in time. The scales have been developed to be objective and assessors are trained to maintain objectivity.
If you have any further questions about the assessment process, please do not hesitate to call the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC) Assessment Unit at 302-831-2969.
Requests for ERS Assessments
Requests for ERS assessments are completed through the Delaware Stars database. The programs’s Technical Assistant assists the program in requesting the assessment. The following tools will assist you in preparing for your ERS observations.
Prepare the Documentation
In order to receive credit in relevant areas, the following documentation must be submitted prior to requesting an ERS assessment, if applicable:
- Schedule for each classroom.
- An ERS Assessment Age Worksheet for each classroom (must be emailed as an Excel document).
If poured or installed surfacing is used under gross motor equipment, ASTMF1292 certification is required. Documentation must come from the manufacturer showing it was certified and also show it was installed at this facility.
Note: Verification cannot be requested until all of the appropriate documentation has been received.
If an emergency or unplanned event occurs within your 60-day window that would prevent an assessment from occurring on that date, please contact the assessor immediately or call 302-831-2969. For staffing or significant enrollment changes, contact your TA.
The assessor is not able to share any feedback during or after the assessment. Thoughtful and meticulous review is needed to complete the score sheet and assessment report. Thus, it is against policy for the assessor to share any information with programs. The assessment summaries for each classroom/group observed and the Standards Verification summary report will be emailed to the program’s DE Stars Contact (as listed in the DOE DE Stars database) within 15 business days of the final verification (including both the ERS assessment and standards visits). The program’s Technical Assistant (TA) will be copied on the email and will arrange for a visit to review the results.