The Classroom Assessment Scoring System as a Measure of Effective Teaching to Address the Learning Crisis

Publication | June 2018

This report introduces the Classroom Assessment Scoring System as an instrument to measure teaching practices and help address the learning crisis.

Despite the remarkable progress in access to education, the learning crisis in South Asia continues to be a serious concern. To explore solutions, the Asian Development Bank organized a knowledge sharing workshop on improving education quality through supporting teaching activities and teacher assessment in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 6 November 2017.

The workshop focused on teacher professional development since teachers’ role is the most significant in-school factor impacting student achievement. The workshop discussed how the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) could be used to measure effective teacher–student interactions through emotional support, classroom organization, and instructional support. Potential uses of CLASS include teacher professional development, monitoring, and evaluation.

Key points

  • Measure of effective teaching may help explain achievement gaps within and between countries.
  • Among several measures of effective teaching, Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is increasingly used in developing countries in part due to multiple validity studies verifying its relevance across country contexts, consistent links to student achievement, and aligned professional development that can improve teaching quality and learning outcomes.
  • Teachers with higher levels of instructional support as measured by CLASS can reduce the achievement gap between children of mothers with high levels of education and children of mothers with low levels of education.
  • Teachers with higher levels of emotional support as measured by CLASS can reduce the achievement gap between children with high functional risk and children with low functional risk in classrooms.

Additional Details

  • Education
  • 4
  • 8.5 x 11
  • BRF189432
  • 978-92-9261-260-3 (print)
  • 978-92-9261-261-0 (electronic)
  • 2071-7202 (print)
  • 2218-2675 (electronic)

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