QRIS FAQ

What is QRIS?
Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) is a method to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care & education and after-school settings. QRIS is similar to other consumer rating systems, in that they provide a rating to better understand the quality of something.

What is the overall benefit of QRIS?
States that have implemented QRIS have reported the tool helped to establish a reliable indicator of quality, improve program quality over time, and increase all children’s access to quality.

What states are using QRIS?
Most states have implemented QRIS over the past decade and other states are in the development process.

How is quality actually measured, and what is measured?
Each state is responsible for developing QRIS measurement tools that are used to effectively measure process quality indicators (teacher-child interactions) and structural quality indicators (program administration & leadership) consistently.

Are there common components in each state?
While each state is responsible for designing their own system, there are common quality components – standards, monitoring and accountability, program and practitioner support, fiscal incentives, and family and consumer engagement.

How does QRIS work?
QRIS standards and rating scales usually define three to five levels of program quality and provide incentives to align with quality levels.  Parents would be able to review an early learning and care provider and determine the quality level against a set of uniform and unbiased standards.

What is going on in my state?
The QRIS National Learning Network (NLN) provides resources specific for each state. The QRIS NLN link provides additional information about state contacts and a map of ongoing progress. It also provides resources for technical assistance and state specific tools.