Quality Measurement and Improvement (VQB5)
Virginia’s early childhood system must ensure that all children have quality teaching and learning experiences that meet their unique needs. To do this, Virginia has developed the Unified Virginia Quality Birth to Five System (VQB5) which recognizes the impact of every classroom, provides feedback to every educator, and supports all publicly funded birth-to-five programs to improve.
VQB5 is a measurement and improvement system that focuses on the quality of all publicly-funded birth-five classrooms and supports families to choose quality programming across different program types. VQB5 sets shared expectations for measuring quality and supporting teachers for all birth to five programs. Through VQB5, teachers and leaders will receive the feedback and support they need to help young children learn.
Timeline & Participation
In June 2021, the Board of Education approved the Guidelines for Practice Year 1 of the Early Childhood Unified Measurement and Improvement System-This is a Word document..
VDOE is currently working with a variety of stakeholders to implement and scale VQB5. This includes implementing two practice years as shown in the timeline below. All programs will have an opportunity to participate in at least one practice year.
- 2021-2022 VQB5 Practice Year 1 through PDG communities
- 2022-2023 VQB5 Practice Year 2 through Ready Regions
- 2023-2024, All publicly-funded programs will be required to participate in VQB5, with the first public ratings shared in the fall of 2024
- Early childhood programs interested in learning more can complete the Practice Year 2 Interest Form and a Ready Regions representative will follow up to provide additional information and next steps.
Measuring & Improving Quality
VQB5 will measure the quality of infant, toddler and preschool teaching and learning based on two nationally-recognized quality indicators: Interactions and Curriculum.
An important feature of VQB5 is that measurement and improvement are connected and ongoing. VQB5 programs have many opportunities to reflect on their progress during the year using a continuous quality improvement cycle.
VQB5 Overview Resources
VQB5 Implementation Resources
VQB5 Webinar Recordings