QRIS/Spark Rating System In Revision; New Spark On the Horizon
Why is Spark being revised?
Oregon's Spark, formerly called Oregon’s QRIS, began with a field test. During the field test, we learned a lot from providers and programs about which parts of the system worked well and which could work better. The revised system is streamlined to allow you to spend more time making program improvements and less time documenting them. The "2.0" version of Spark will be more responsive to programs, will better measure quality and will reduce the workload of achieving a rating.
What will happen to my star rating?
Your current star rating will not be immediately affected when the revised system rolls out. Field test ratings were designed to be good for three years from the time of rating. Your rating will remain valid for at least those three years. Programs rated early in the field test that have reached (or will reach) their expiration date before the revised system is available will have their rating extended to provide at least 6 months to transition to the revised system. You can still submit or resubmit for a higher rating in the current system. When the revised system is in place, you will use it renew your star rating when it expires.
What is being changed?
We are revising the system to be more inclusive of different kinds of programs and to make it easier for programs to participate. Some of the proposed revisions include: Reducing barriers for programs serving children furthest from opportunity; Changing participation requirements that will offer support for quality improvements to more programs; Reducing the number of standards; Focusing more standards on adult-child interactions; Recognizing experience and other ways professionals are qualified; Providing more online resources and support
When will the revised system be released?
We are expecting to release the revised system in 2018. The website www.oregonspark.org will have the most current information. You can also call a Child Care Resource and Referral agency for updates. We will be sharing the firm dates and a transition plan as soon as they are available.
Should I wait to engage in Spark?
There is no need to wait! Engaging in Spark now allows you access to resources that will support your work in becoming the best you can be for the children and families you are serving now. Who knows? You may be closer to a star rating than you think!
Is there a deadline? What about support dollars and incentive funds?
Currently, there is no deadline for field test participation. Supports and incentive dollars are still at the same levels. If you qualify for supports and incentives, apply now! If you have questions about supports and incentives, call your CCR&R Support Specialist Debby Reed (503.338.3369) or Virginia Garcia (503.815.4448).