Environment Rating Scales

The Environment Rating Scales Project at Clayton

Meet the ERS team!

From left to right: Charlie Ruda, Laura Lerner, Connie Haberman, Connie Norton

The Environment Rating Scales (ERS) project at Clayton started in 2004 as part of the Research and Evaluation Department. The Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR) team is comprised of four Core Team members who achieve annual reliability with the authors of the Environment Rating Scales. Our roles within this project consist of maintaining the reliability of Colorado Shines Assessors who complete official ERS assessments as part of the Colorado Shines Rating System. Additionally, we train and certify coaches across the state of Colorado to use the Environment Rating Scales to aid in quality improvement. The IRR team facilitates training related to the Environment Rating Scales, playground safety, cultural competence, CLASS® training, and more! 

  • The Environment Rating Scales Institute's website, from the creators of the Environment Rating Scales, has additional information about all scales including printable scoresheets, additional resources, and materials.


We look forward to seeing everyone at the next coaches meeting, 6/5/2020. To register, please visit our training calendar.

Feeling a little overwhelmed by the switch from ECERS-R and ITERS-R to the ECERS-3 and ITERS-3? Please find some helpful resources below, or email the IRR (Interrater Reliability Team) at ERSScheduling@Claytonearlylearning.org

REMINDER! New notes for clarification are released every year on July 1st. To see the most updated notes for clarification for ECERS, ITERS, and FCCERS, please visit our ERS Notes for Clarification


ERS Health and Safety Resources

General Retooling Resources

Colorado Shines is switching from the ECERS-R, ITERS-R, and FCCERS-R to the E-3 and I-3 (July 2020) and F-3 (July 2021). Please find resources below, and for more information, contact ERSscheduling@Claytonearlylearning.org

ITERS-3 Resources

ECERS-3 Resources