About this page: Rhode Island Notes - A Blog Article by BrightStars of Rhode Island

En Español

BrightStars, Rhode Island’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement system, assists families in finding care and recognizes and supports quality in early care and education programs.

From Our Blog

Rhode Island Notes

BrightStars manages all of the reliable assessors for the Environmental Rating Scales.  Part of this management is to ensure that all assessors remain reliable on the tools.  This reliability is two-fold.  First, each assessor will have a reliability check on their tenth observation.  This consists of conducting an ERS in tandem with the Senior Assessment Specialist.  Second, each assessor is also reliably to the pool of assessors.  Together they have created the Rhode Island Notes. 

The Rhode Island Notes are a running record of Environment Rating Scale (ERS) consensus decisions BrightStars’ reliable assessors have made following ERS-related questions or discussions. These notes support Rhode Island in having a cohesive assessment system that provides a comparable program experience regardless of the assessor who visits the program. Although these notes may be useful as reference on particular topics, The Rhode Island Notes do not replace either formal ERS reliability training or the Notes for Clarification provided by the ERS authors, and may be subject to change as the Environment Rating Scales are updated.  

BrightStars encourages all programs and providers who are preparing for their ERS site visit to review the tool, the tool’s All About book, the tool’s Notes for Clarification, and the RI Notes.  Links have been provided below. 

View All Blog Articles »