Data & QRIS
The Data and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) Subcommittee is committed to the utilization of early childhood data in Texas to inform decision-making of parents, providers, and policymakers. The goal of the Subcommittee is to investigate both the development of an integrated early childhood data exchange system and to make recommendations for integrating Texas' diverse quality rating initiatives into one QRIS for Texas. The Subcommittee will complete two projects over the course of the Council's three-year grant to improve the state's access to early childhood data and improve school readiness in Texas.
Each of the Council's Subcommittees will complete projects that fulfill requirements from the Council's authorizing legislation. For more information on the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, click here. The Data and QRIS Subcommittee will fulfill one of these mandates:
- Develop recommendations regarding the establishment of a unified data collection system for public early childhood education and development programs and services throughout Texas
The On-Track System (TOTS)
The Council will investigate the feasibility of a statewide early childhood data exchange system for Texas. The Council originally planned to build and implement this data system, known as The On-Track System (TOTS). Unfortunately, the Council's feasibility study suggested that this project is not feasible now, but could be in the future. The Council will develop recommendations to the Governor to inform the development of an early childhood data exchange system in the future. For more information on TOTS, please visit the Council's webpage on this initiative.
Texas Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
The Council will develop recommendations for a statewide QRIS for Texas. These recommendations will be developed by a consultant, using a framework developed by the Data and QRIS Subcommittee. The Council released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to contract with a consultant to complete this work. Visit our webpage on QRIS for more information on the Council's work on QRIS.
Subcommittee Members 2010-2013
Subcommittee Chair: John A. Whitcamp, Child Care Associates
Mary Capello, Teaching and Mentoring Communities
Elsa Cardenas-Hagan, University of Houston
Gina S. Day, Region 13 Education Service Center
John W. Gasko
Reagan Miller, Texas Workforce Commission