Step 5: Evaluating Progress
Step Five involves many options for evaluating the progress of children and classroom quality using the DECA Program resources. Be sure to take the third and final test at the bottom of this page in order to complete the course and print a certificate.
  1. Ongoing Observations: If your observations are accurate, objective and complete, they can serve as an excellent source for recording and tracking a child's progress throughout the year in the development of their social/emotional skills.
  2. Revisiting Reflective Checklists and Plans: Plans to improve the quality of the classroom, and plans to improve the social/emotional development of the children are good sources to revisit in order to measure the effectiveness of DECA Program implementation.
  3. Pre-Post Assessment Outcomes: Covered briefly in section 2.7, outcome tables are provided to help a program determine if a child has had a statistically significant improvement or worsening of their protective factors and/or behavioral concerns since the prior DECA administration.
  4. Feedback from Staff and Families: Key to the success of this program are the concerns, questions, suggestions, and success stories shared from both staff and families. Be sure to incorporate their feedback into the revisions made to DECA Program implementation to maximize future success.