Development and early validation evidence for an observational measure of high quality instructional practice for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in out-of-school time settings: The STEM supplement to the Youth Program Quality Assessment

This report describes the process of development of the STEM supplement to the Youth Program Quality Assessment (Youth PQA; HighScope, 2005) and preliminary reliability and validity evidence based on data collected during Afterzone Summer Scholars program.
Citation: Smith, C., Hallman, S., Hillaker, B., Sugar, S., McGovern, G., & Devaney, E. (2012). Development and early validation evidence for an observational measure of high quality instructional practice for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in out-of-school time settings: The stem supplement to the youth program quality assessment (pp. 1–25). Ypsilanti, MI: The David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

Findings from the PQA self-assessment pilot in Michigan 21st century learning centers

Overall 24 sites within 17 grantees participated in the self-assessment pilot study by assembling staff teams to collect data and score the Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA). Youth PQA data collected using the self-assessment method demonstrated promising patterns of both internal consistency and concurrent validity with aligned youth survey responses. 
Citation: Smith, C. (2005b). Findings from the self-assessment pilot in Michigan 21st Century Learning Centers. Ypsilanti, MI: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.

Full findings from the Youth PQA validation study

Original validation study for the Youth Program Quality Assessment (Youth PQA). The Youth PQA was developed to assess the quality of instruction in afterschool and other education settings.
Citation: Smith, C., & Hohmann, C. (2005). Full findings from the Youth PQA validation study. Ypsilanti, MI: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.