Mainspring Receives Top CLASS Scores

In the last year, in conjunction with the Austin Independent School District (AISD), we conducted a full CLASS assessment of our teaching staff. What does CLASS tell you? According to Teachstone:

  • CLASS uses research-driven insights to improve how teachers interact with children every day to cultivate supportive, structured, and engaging classroom experiences.

  • CLASS is a flexible tool that focuses on the heart of great teaching: the teacher-student interactions proven to drive learning and development.

  • CLASS helps child-care providers nurture children's early learning while responding to their needs. As children enter preschool, their sense of themselves is grounded in, and dependent on, relationships. CLASS helps preschool teachers foster a secure, supportive base for learning and exploration.

This is an important marker of high-quality early childhood education and we are proud to share our results!

  Dimension 2017 National Head Start Program Mean Scores 2017 Mainspring Scores
Emotional Support Positive Climate 6.01 6.63
  Negative Climate 1.07 1.00
  Teacher Sensitivity 5.88 6.10
  Regard for Student Perspective 5.45 5.83
Classroom Organization Behavior Management 6.00 6.25
  Productivity 6.14 6.14
  Instructional Learning Framework 5.35 5.46
Instructional Support Concept Development 2.49 5.00
  Quality of Feedback 2.99 4.92
  Language Modeling 3.51 4.88

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS) “is the only observational teacher-assessment tool that captures teacher behaviors linked to students gains and that has been proven to work in tens of thousands of classrooms, from preschool to high school and beyond,” according to the University of Virginia.