Washington isn’t the only state designing and testing a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) — many other states already have a QRIS and many more are developing one.
Below are links to QRIS research and "lessons learned" from around the nation.
Assessing the Validity of the Qualistar Early Learning Quality Rating and Improvement System as a Tool for Improving Child Care Quality
An evaluation by the Rand Corporation of Colorado's Qualistar Early Learning QRIS.
Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: What can we learn from early adopters?
2008 Rand Corporation research paper offering recommendations and lessons learned from five “pioneer” QRIS states.
Evaluation of Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS Quality Rating System in Child Care Settings
December 2006 evaluation of Pennsylvania's quality rating system by the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University.
National Association for the Education of Young Children QRIS Resources
Resources from NAEYC's QRIS Initiative
What Implications do QRIS Hold for Infant/Toddler Care?
National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative at Zero to Three September 29, 2008, PowerPoint presentation.
National QRIS Network
Information about QRIS initiatives around the nation.