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Quality initiative growth

What is the pace of QRIS growth over the past 18 years?+ Show

1Some states, like California and Florida, have multiple QRIS operating on a county or local level.

As of fall 2017, there were 42 states and districts with at least one quality initiative, including QRIS. Note that some states, like Florida and California, operate quality initiatives on a local rather than state level, so they have multiple systems. This compendium includes three separate profiles for Florida and one for California.

The first quality initiative began operating in 1997. Relatively few became operational each year following that until a jump around the years of 2006 to 2008. The rise in the number of quality initiatives since can be attributed, in part, to the federal Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant program, which started in 2011 and includes participation rates as a performance metric. Over the past three years, the growth of quality initiatives has slowed, with one or two systems being added each year.