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NCJ Number: 251120 Find in a Library
Title: Strengthening Education in Short-term Juvenile Detention Centers: Quality Assurance Tool (QAT)
Author(s): Gregory J. Benner; Annie Laurie Armstrong; Cathrin Anderson; Songtian Zeng
Corporate Author: University of Washington - Tacoma
United States of America
Date Published: September 2017
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
University of Washington - Tacoma
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100
Grant Number: 2012-JF-FX-0063
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Quality Assurance Tool (QAT) is intended for use in measuring the quality of education provided to youth housed in juvenile justice secure care settings.
Abstract: This QAT resulted from research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice and reported in “Guiding Principles for Providing High Quality Education and Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings.” The QAT is designed to assess and evaluate critical indicators that are associated with high-quality educational programs in short-term detention centers. Stakeholders may use the results of the QAT to assess their current status, identify and prioritize areas for improvement, and compare their progress annually. The five principles used in QAT scoring are positive climate, community engagement, highly effective classroom practices, academic engagement, and coordinated transition supports. A positive climate prioritizes education and provides the social and emotional conditions for learning. Community engagement is measured by the strength of the coordination of the resources of community agencies and the JDC in ensuring the provision of education, skill building, treatment, and intervention resources for youth in detention. Highly effective classroom practices refers to the recruitment, retention, and professional development of education staff with skills relevant to juvenile justice settings. Academic engagement focuses on rigorous and relevant curricula aligned with State academic, career, and technical education standards and presented with instructional methods, resources, and practices that promote college and career readiness. Coordinated transition support relates to community and family-based strategies that prevent recidivism and facilitate a beneficial and supportive transition into constructive development for youth after their release.
Main Term(s): Juvenile detention
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Evaluation measures; Evaluation techniques; Juvenile educational services; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); OJJDP final report; Services effectiveness; Washington
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