Virgin Islands

QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

QRIS Resource Guide Examples

Data Collection and Evaluation

The VI Uses Data to Inform the Development of Standards in Their QRIS

The Virgin Islands launched its pilot of their QRIS, Virgin Islands Steps to Quality (VIS2Q) in the summer of 2013.  In their development of their QRIS, they looked back to local studies and data for inclusion in the standards, as well as how they graded some of the indicators to better fit the VI context and support continuous quality improvement y helping programs view movement throughout the QRIS as something attainable.  The literacy standards were influenced by the kindergarten entry data collected by the VI Department of Education, as this was an area where children were scoring most poorly.  They also included a standard for Dual Language Learners as they know they have increasing numbers of children for whom English is not their first language.  In the area of Professional Development, they graded the steps with full knowledge of where most of their teachers would be when their programs entered the QRIS, based on data from a workforce study conducted for the Department of Human Services.  Data were also used to inform the indicators in the Learning Environments Standard, based on a pilot study of quality in VI ECE settings conducted in 2009.  This data helped inform cut-off scores for both the ERS and CLASS assessment tools.