LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool Receives High Proficient Rating




November 19, 2019 

BATON ROUGE--The Louisiana Department of Education recently released performance scores for public schools and early learning programs across the state of Louisiana.  LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP) received a high proficient score of 5.69.  The ECELP continues to place among the Top 10, Type III early learning programs in Baton Rouge.

"We attribute much of our success to the video self-reflection our teachers engage in monthly," says ECELP Executive Director Cynthia F. DiCarlo, PhD. "This process came from research conducted at the ECELP that documented the gains made by teachers when they reflected on their practice using the CLASS framework."

Scores are based upon classroom observations conducted using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).  The assessment tool measures various components of the learning environment such as positive climate, teacher sensitivity, classroom organization, and instructional support. LSU ECELP was also included in the Louisiana Department of Education’s Birth to Three Honor Roll, which recognizes sites with high performance for the state’s youngest learners.

“We are so proud of LSU ECELP for its high proficient rating and honor roll status,” says Leigh Griffin, project manager of East Baton Rouge Early Childhood Community Network. “Each year of our partnership, LSU ECELP has implemented cutting edge, best practices in teaching and learning and the results speak for themselves. We are honored to continue our solid partnership with the fantastic administration and staff at the ECELP in our mission to increase early childhood performance in our community.” 

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About LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP)
The ECELP is a division of the College of Human Sciences & Education. Based on the philosophy of the world-renowned preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, the ECELP supports children’s natural curiosity, cultivating a lifelong love for learning.  Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the ECELP also serves as a laboratory for the generation of cutting-edge research in the areas of child development and education. The 15-room laboratory provides hands-on opportunities for LSU undergraduates and graduate students to observe state-of-the-art practices, while receiving mentored support on teaching and research.

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About LSU College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE)
Located on the flagship campus in Baton Rouge, the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, the University Laboratory School and the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs, 20 graduate programs, and seven online graduate degree and/or certificate programs. CHSE current enrollment includes approximately1,800 undergraduates and more than 1,900 graduate students. CHSE is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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