Pilot Sites Needed to Test  Arizona Quality Assessment Tool for Out-of School Time Programs

| September 13, 2014

Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence invites out-of-school time (OST) program sites to volunteer to test the new Arizona Quality Assessment Tool when it is rolled out later this fall.

The purpose of the Arizona Quality Assessment Tool is to allow OST programs to voluntarily and confidentially measure their quality against the Arizona Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs.

150 out-of-school time program sites are needed to test the reliability and validity of this new tool.

To be eligible to be a test site, program sites must:

  • Be an Arizona-based out-of-school time program, serving youth after school, during the summer, and/or on school breaks;
  • Serve youth between the ages of 5-18; and
  • Be able to assign a different staff member at each site to serve as an “evaluator” for the pilot.

Sites volunteering to serve as “test pilot sites” will be given copies of the Arizona OST Quality Assessment Tool and instructions on how to use the tool, free of charge.

Test sites will then turn their test results in to Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence for scoring by the tool designer. The scores will be shared with the designated contact person at each program and will be confidential and NOT shared publicly.

AzCASE plans to schedule testing of the Arizona OST Quality Assessment Tool starting mid-October through mid-November.

The deadline to volunteer as a test site is Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

If interested in being part of the pilot, contact Melanie McClintock at mmcclintock@azafterschool.org or call 480.730.7126.

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